SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law three bills Sunday afternoon, two aimed at providing judges with more information about a criminal defendant’s history and one that creates a system to notify the public when a person with mental or physical disabilities is missing.
“These bills are all going to make our neighborhoods safer by keeping our courts informed, keeping our citizens aware and, most importantly, keeping criminals off of our streets,” Scott Weaver, acting cabinet secretary of the Department of Public Safety, said Sunday afternoon.
House Bill 72, better known as Jaydon’s Law, allows judges to review juvenile records for adult defendants 30 or younger charged with felonies. The records must be kept confidential, and the reviews are to be done in the judge’s chambers.
“You can’t be 18 years old or 19 years old and pretend you didn’t have a juvenile criminal record,” Martinez said.