FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017
CONTACT: Micah McCoy, (505) 266-5915 x1003
ALBUQUERQUE, NM--On Wednesday, July 19, the New Mexico SAFE coalition unveiled their 2017 legislative report, PUT TO THE TEST. The report grades two dozen major criminal justice bills proposed during the session using a simple litmus test to determine whether a proposal would actually make New Mexicans safer.
“At a time when crime rates are at the forefront of people’s concerns, it is more important than ever to ensure that the measures proposed in our legislature are fiscally responsible and evidence-based,” said NM SAFE spokesperson Steve Allen, Director of Public Policy at the ACLU of New Mexico. “Far too often, so-called ‘tough on crime’ bills are political props that burden our budgets and fail to make children and families safer. Using expert analysis provided by NM SAFE partners, this report shows which ideas from 2017 are smart on crime and which ones fall short.”