Criminal justice and public safety task force to meet May 17

Published: May 9, 2018 4:23 pmViews: 10

ALBUQUERQUE – A task force meets next week in Albuquerque to continue developing a plan to improve public safety and criminal justice in the state.

The task force will review new research on crime in Albuquerque and hear presentations from the New Mexico Sentencing Commission, Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety, Council of State Governments Justice Center, a co-chair of the Legislature’s CriminalJustice Reform Subcommittee and a member of the Bernalillo County Commission.

The Legislature approved a joint memorial (HJM16) earlier this year to establish the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Task Force, which is chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez. The task force is to submit a report to the Legislature by Oct. 15, 2018.

The memorial directs the task force “to identify the issues of primary concern within the state’scriminal justice and public safety system and to develop a strategic plan to ameliorate those concerns, including measurable outcomes to help ensure that public investments inimprovements to that system are as efficient and effective as possible.”