NM lawmakers see millions in potential savings through prison reform

“We should really concentrate on violent offenders, and that’s where our prison space should be,” said state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, co-chairman of the Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee.

According to figures provided by the New Mexico Sentencing Commission, just 42 percent of male inmates and only 25 percent of female inmates are serving time in the state’s corrections system for violent crimes. The remainder — the vast majority of inmates — are nonviolent offenders. Nationwide, 53 percent of state prisoners are behind bars for committing violent crimes, Bureau of Justice statistics show.

Read more here for original article by Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog.