Albuquerque, New Mexico – Today, in the second meeting of the New Mexico Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee of the Courts, Corrections, and Justice Committee, the Rio Grande Foundation testified in support of replacing pure money bail with a system focused on risk. The Foundation’s testimony included statistics from other states that showed states that had implemented the new system saw lower crime and violent crime rates to reduced failure to appear rates.
Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation: “The data we’ve cited shows risk assessment tools are far superior to a system predicated entirely on money. Jurisdictions that have implemented a risk assessment tool in lieu of a pure money bail system saw better public safety outcomes, and saved significant taxpayer dollars. Given the serious crime problems here in New Mexico, the New Mexico voters’ strong support for changes in our bail system, it is more important than ever that we support data-driven solutions, and put asunder false claims that could return us to old mechanisms that clearly haven’t provided the people of New Mexico with the public safety results they deserve.”