As expected, the 2018 New Mexico legislative session kicked off with a fear-mongering speech by Governor Susana Martinez calling for a slew of hyperpunitive sentencing laws to address the spike in crime that many New Mexico communities are experiencing. In close collaboration with the New Mexico SAFE coalition (www.nmsafe.org), the ACLU of New Mexico spent most of the session beating back a tidal wave of recycled, misguided, draconian crime bills that would cost our state a lot of money, stuff more people into New Mexico prisons and jails, and do almost nothing to improve public safety in our state.
With community partners, we supported a bill to remove an old, outdated state law from the 1960s that criminalizes abortion.
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When New Mexicans take time out of their busy days to reach out directly to legislators about matters close to their hearts, politicians listen.