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How do New Mexico’s early prison release numbers compare to other states?

92 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s early release of some prisoners has been a talking point in the race for the governor’s office. And New Mexico did parole hundreds of prisoners ahead of their scheduled release during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But how does that compare to what other states

Recidivism and prison population continue to fall

104 Views  Â The prison population of New Mexico has fallen significantly in the last two years, and the number of people being reincarcerated after release has also decreased, according to a new assessment of Corrections Department data. In Fiscal Year 2020, 54% of people released from prison were incarcerated again within

Lordsburg mayor sentenced after breaking probation conditions

119 Views  Â LORDSBURG, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico mayor is in trouble with the law again – after breaking the rules of her probation from a summer DWI arrest. Glenda Greene was elected mayor of Lordsburg, New Mexico in November 2021. A month later in December, she pleaded guilty to driving

New Mexico governor grants clemency for six convicts

148 Views  Â SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Six convicted criminals in New Mexico have been granted executive clemency by the governor, including the woman who escaped the infamous “Toy Box Killer,” David Parker Ray. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office made the announcement Monday afternoon, granting three men and three women a reprieve from their

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin back in court

144 Views  Â NEW MEXICO (KRQE) –The trial for Otero County Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder, Couy Griffin begins Monday in Santa Fe. Griffin is fighting to keep his seat on the county commission after three residents of Santa Fe and Los Alamos Counties filed a lawsuit saying he should be removed from

Las Cruces woman will serve decades for murder-for-hire plot

134 Views  Â LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Cristal Cardenas, 34, will spend 54 years behind bars for a murder-for-hire plot. A Las Cruces jury convicted Cardenas of first-degree murder for the deaths of her ex, Mario Cabral, and his girlfriend at the time, Vanessa Mora.

Class-action lawsuit filed over medical cannabis

294 Views  Â New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health along with six medical patients have filed a class-action lawsuit against seven insurers in New Mexico. The lawsuit was filed for a failure to cover medical cannabis costs. The lawsuit seeks, “a determination that medical cannabis is a health care service for treatment of