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Bail Bond Reform

Revolving cell door for violent offenders

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter

In Albuquerque, N.M., a man can allegedly beat his girlfriend until she’s unconscious, be booked into jail on a felony aggravated battery charge while she’s on life support and get back on the street the same day by coming up with just $1,750 to make bail.
This is no hypothetical

  • Jail little more than a pit stop for abusers
  • Bail bondsmen fight to protect their turf

    Nov. 8, 2015
    By Thom Cole / Journal Investigative Reporter

    Santa Fe bail bondsman Charles Archuleta recently traveled to Texas to nab a client who had failed to appear in court on a drunken driving …

    OP-ED: Major effort is underway to improve justice in NM

    Nov. 6, 2015
    By Chief Judge Nan G. Nash

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Locally and nationally, criminal justice reform has been the focus of much recent discussion. How do we balance the …

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    Turnstile thugs terrorize Albuquerque

    Oct 31, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter …. of the problems caused by the speedy trial rules and Supreme Court bailbond ruling.

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    A call for change

    Oct 31, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … The stateSupreme Court has recommended that the Legislature consider the … The court appointed the committee to examine changes in the bailbond system as it …
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    DA, Supreme Court trade charges on violent crime releases

    Oct 26, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … On Monday, the Supreme Court said Bernalillo County’s top prosecutor should be looking … to hold defendants found to be a “danger to the community” in jail without bond.
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    State, federal bail practices vary widely

    Oct 10, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … he set a $1 million bail bond – half cash and half property – that Jain and his family would have … The state Supreme Court has backed a proposed amendment to the state …
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    Group suggests overhaul of state bail bond system

    Aug 14, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … said that the state Supreme Court has put the entire bail bond industry “under assault” and …
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    New Mexico Supreme Court to support preventive detention

    Aug 27, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Describing the state’s bail bond system as broken, Sen.
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    Double trouble for judges

    Aug 29, 2015
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … If a judge sets a bail bond too high, they are accused by defense lawyers of violating Supreme Court decisions that say anyone charged with a crime is entitled to a …
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    ‘Dysfunctional’ court system fuels overcrowding

    Sep 20, 2014
    By Mike Gallagher / Journal Investigative Reporter … But big changes in the form of mandates from the State Supreme Court are coming to a system that has been … “No one should be in jail on a $5bond,” Swisstack said.
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