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    New Mexico's criminal laws, just like vacant ‘Old Main,’ the state's former penitentiary south of Santa Fe, are long outdated.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

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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