Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

Governor announces executive order for early release of NM inmates

SANTA FE (KSMX)- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon issued an executive order directing the New Mexico Corrections Department to compile a list of incarcerated individuals who are eligible for early release.

There are about 14,000 people incarcerated in New Mexico, including about 7,000 in state prisons.

The executive order’s criteria, per the press release, that would make an individual eligible for early release are as follows:

  • Person’s release date is no more than 30 days away
  • Necessary parole plan is in place
  • A person is not a sex offender
  • A person has not been convicted of felony DWI
  • Person is not serving for domestic abuse
  • Person is not serving for assault on a peace officer
  • Person is not serving for firearms enhancement

All eligible individuals will remain under state supervision through their previously approved parole plans which include appropriate housing and any community-based programs that are necessary. Every standard procedure that accompanies releasing an inmate will continue to be part of the process, including communication with victims. Victim notification is a priority to the department, and that will remain true throughout the early release process.

“These measures are not taken lightly. Public safety, the safety of our staff, our inmate charges, and of our institutions is of primary concern,” said Cabinet Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero. “In these unprecedented times, we must take action while safeguarding our communities. Every individual considered for early release does have a stable location and will be provided with the necessary tools for successful reentry.”

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