Two years ago voters in New Mexico, like New Jersey, were duped into believing a constitutional amendment regarding bail reform was necessary and would make New Mexico safer. Clearly, New Mexico bail reform has resulted in bail regress.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- In the latest installment of KOB 4’s Vote 4 NM series, Chris Ramirez get insight into whether political and judicial leaders believe New Mexico should undergo bail reform, again.

Both Gov Candidates on Bail Reform: “It’s not working.”

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why New Mexico’s crime spiked in recent years, but if you ask police and prosecutors they’ll say one of the main reasons is because judges too often let dangerous people out of jail and back on the streets.  Judges have been quick to point out that they are just following new guidelines passed by voters in a constitutional amendment in 2016.  The amendment was meant to ensure the poorest people in our community wouldn’t get trapped in jail simply because they were too poor to post bail.  The amendment was also designed to ensure the most dangerous suspects would remain locked up.  Both candidates for governor think voters got duped.

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 New Mexico Bail Reform Not Working

About Ken Berke

Ken Berke is a licensed bail agent in Florida. As Executive Vice President of Roche Surety & Casualty Co. Inc. he frequently travels throughout the United States meeting with bail agents and the public to increase awareness of the professionalism and importance of the bail industry to victims, defendants and the judicial system. He is a frequent contributor to the Roche Surety blog where he dispels false claims against the 8th Amendment and bail through facts, statistics and logic.