NM House Republicans discuss rolling out ‘safe communities plan’

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New Mexico House Republicans and crime victims gathered in Albuquerque to roll out a safe communities plan to tackle soaring crime on Monday. “These candidates behind me and I will introduce legislation to move forward and make our communities safer,” said state Rep. Bill Rehm. The deployment includes a three-point security plan on organized crime, criminal justice reform and victims’ rights. CLOSE THE REVOLVING DOOR: There is strength in numbers, and with more pro-public safety lawmakers, New Mexicans can look forward to pragmatic criminal justice reform through the Safe Communities Plan that honors victims while providing resources and policies that help with rehabilitation. TACKLING ORGANIZED CRIME: Even progressive Mayor Tim Keller has admitted that organized crime is at the root of the violence in Albuquerque. The Safe Communities Plan’s tough-on-crime agenda will include legislation that targets loopholes that out-of-state gangs use in New Mexico to run their business. VICTIMS’ RIGHTS: Using surplus funds from the budget, the Safe Communities Plan proposes to temporarily increase funding for the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission. With the records for violent homicides in Albuquerque in recent years, the fund may need to be supplemented. Nicole Chavez, who lost her son, Jayden, to gun violence in 2015, is still fighting to have her voice heard. “I’m sick of seeing people bury their children. I’m sick of going to vigils for people who have been murdered for senseless acts. It’s not OK,” Chavez said. “It’s a big deal. It’s our children. When I have a special event, when I’m on vacation, do you know where we are? I’m in a cemetery, I’m looking at a tombstone with the picture of my son on Do we think it’s OK, Albuquerque?” With crime on the rise, Chavez thinks it’s critical to find common ground between the two sides. “That’s enough,” she said. “Crime affects everyone and unless you want to be in my place next week, next month – in three months it’s time for a change.” Alan Garcia, father of Lilly Garcia, 4, killed in a senseless Act of Road crime in 2015 said he wanted to push for tougher laws. “Unfortunately the plea deal that the individual got in our case – we had no say in it. There was no justice for our family. The individual who killed my daughter n only turned 16. He’ll be out in time to see his grandkids. My daughter would have been 10 tomorrow – there’s no justice in that.” New Mexico House Democrats said their public safety agenda that passed the latest legislation with strong bipartisan support is an important step in the right direction. They sent a statement to KOAT in part: “The public safety package we passed last session with strong bipartisan support is an important step in the right direction, but our work to make our communities safer is far from complete. be finished. House Democrats remain ready to work together to stop crime in its tracks and address the root causes. We hope our colleagues across the way will join us in developing effective solutions that will make our streets safe today – and in the long term.

New Mexico House Republicans and crime victims gathered in Albuquerque to roll out a safe communities plan to tackle soaring crime on Monday.

“These candidates behind me and I will introduce legislation to move forward and make our communities safer,” said state Rep. Bill Rehm.

The deployment includes a three-point security plan on organized crime, criminal justice reform and victims’ rights.

  • CLOSE THE REVOLVING DOOR: There is strength in numbers, and with more pro-public safety lawmakers, New Mexicans can look forward to pragmatic criminal justice reform through the Safe Communities Plan that honors victims while providing resources and policies that help rehabilitation.
  • AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME: Even progressive mayor Tim Keller has acknowledged that organized crime is behind the violence in Albuquerque. The Safe Communities Plan’s tough-on-crime agenda will include legislation that targets loopholes that out-of-state gangs use in New Mexico to run their business.
  • RIGHTS OF VICTIMS: Using surplus funds from the budget, the Plan for Safe Communities proposes to temporarily increase funding for the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission. With the records for violent homicides in Albuquerque in recent years, the fund may need to be supplemented.

Nicole Chavez, who lost her son, Jayden, to gun violence in 2015, is still fighting to have her voice heard.

“I’m sick of seeing people bury their children. I’m sick of going to vigils for people who have been murdered for senseless acts. It’s not OK,” Chavez said. “It’s a big deal. It’s our children. When I have a special event, when I’m on vacation, do you know where we are? I’m in a cemetery, I’m looking at a tombstone with the picture of my son on Do we think it’s OK, Albuquerque?”

With crime on the rise, Chavez thinks it’s essential to find common ground between the two sides.

“That’s enough,” she said. “Crime affects everyone and unless you want to be in my place next week, next month – in three months it’s time for a change.”

Alan Garcia, father of 4-year-old Lilly Garcia, killed in a senseless traffic act in 2015, said he wanted to push for tougher laws.

“We have to hold our judges accountable. The judges in our case shut us down every step of the way. We weren’t allowed to speak,” Garcia said. “Unfortunately the plea deal that the individual got in our case – we had no say in it. There was no justice for our family. The individual who killed my daughter n only turned 16. He’ll be out in time to see his grandkids. My daughter would have been 10 tomorrow – there’s no justice in that.”

New Mexico House Democrats said their public safety agenda that passed the latest legislation with strong bipartisan support is an important step in the right direction.

They sent a statement to KOAT in part:

“The public safety package we passed last session with strong bipartisan support is an important step in the right direction, but our work to make our communities safer is far from done. House Democrats remain ready to work together to stop crime in its tracks and address the root causes. We hope our colleagues across the way will join us in developing effective solutions that will make our streets safe today – and in the long term.

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