Bail amendment passes convincingly

New Mexicans on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to limit the role of money in judges’ decisions about which defendants stay locked up and which go free before trial. According to unofficial election results from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website, roughly 87 percent, or 610,000 of 699,000 New Mexicans supported a change to the state constitution aimed at reforming the use of commercial bail.

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NMID tracks November campaign filings

Today is a filing day for New Mexico candidates, the third for the general election. It’s another important day as Republicans fight to hold their two-year majority in the House and take over the Senate, while Democrats hope to take back the House and hold the Senate. Today, we’ll track the secretary of state contest, plus key legislative races. We’ll check out the super PACs too. Below you’ll find the money coming in betweenOct.

Poll shows broad support for bail reform

A public opinion poll shows 78 percent of likely New Mexico voters favor changing the state constitution to limit the use of commercial bail in deciding which defendants stay in jail before trial and which go free. A constitutional amendment on the ballot for next week’s election would allow judges to deny bail to people who are proven dangerous at a hearing. It also would forbid judges from holding non-dangerous defendants in jail pretrial solely because they cannot raise bail money. Early voting began Oct. 11.

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New Mexico in Depth welcomes inaugural student fellow

New Mexico in Depth is excited to announce a new student fellowship launched this year. The fellowship provides a two-semester professional experience for a student journalist of color involved with the New Mexico News Port at the University of New Mexico. Our inaugural fellow, Robert Salas, is a senior at The University of New Mexico, studying multimedia journalism and political science. Robert possesses a strong passion for many legal issues that face New Mexicans today and he hopes to attend law school in the fall of 2017. Robert is also the President of the Society of Professional Journalists, UNM Chapter.