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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another in a series of stories on changes in the state’s bail system, including a proposed constitutional amendment. The previous stories can be found at ABQjournal.com/bail-bond-reform.
Despite a long rap sheet and a history of failing to appear for court hearings, Joseph A. Jaramillo of Albuquerque was entitled under the New Mexico Constitution to release on bail after he was jailed in May on 13 charges, including battery, child abuse, assault and felon in possession of a firearm.
State District Judge Brett Loveless set bail at $30,000 cash or surety, meaning Jaramillo at a minimum would have to pay or agree to pay a $3,000 fee to a bail bond company to get out of jail. Loveless also ordered the court’s Pretrial Services Division to supervise Jaramillo if he posted bail.
Jaramillo sat in jail for more than five months before he was able to get a bail bond company to post his bail Nov. 2. Four days later, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to report to Pretrial Services.