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    New Mexico's criminal laws, just like vacant ‘Old Main,’ the state's former penitentiary south of Santa Fe, are long outdated. A bipartisan group of lawmakers plans a two-year effort to revamp the criminal code. New Mexican file photo

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 5:15 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

For the first time in decades, the Legislature is preparing to tackle a complete rewrite of the criminal code, a job expected to take two years.

Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the laws — amended piecemeal over the years — are inconsistent, sometimes impose unfair penalties and should provide for more diversion programs, drug courts and GPS monitoring to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.

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  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:31 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 160

    Sounds like a good plan; however, each time I see the name's of two state legislator's who have endorsed the elimination of our current sex offender registration act on behalf of protecting convicted registered sex offenders, I have a big problem! So, why not look at the lobbying efforts and voting records of these two Albuquerque state legislator's (Maestas and McSorley) that are mentioned in this article and see what kind of problems that they will generate with their so-called "expertise" involvement in revamping the state criminal code? In addition, the NM ACLU is another special interests group that need to be challenged by every citizen in this state. They are part of the "public safety" problem at the last legislature session that killed basically all of the proposed legislation that would of enhanced our NM Sex Offender Registration Act to hold these predators more accountable. But no, with the assistance of Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas and the ACLU, they managed to kill anything that dealt with registered convicted sex offenders. So, if the New Mexican is going to endorsed any type of revamping the state criminal code, they should be closely watching these two state legislator's who have endangered the "public safety" by protecting the registered convicted sex offenders community at every state legislature session every year. "Why the urgency, now to revamp the criminal code?" On the last session, did anyone notice the attendance of registered convicted sex offenders protecting their own?

     
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