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Crime and criminal justice issues remain a central feature of public policy debates in New Mexico, especially in Albuquerque. Though bail reform was passed by more than 85 percent of New Mexico’s voters via constitutional amendment, confusion has surrounded the implementation of reforms, the results of the policies, and where New Mexico must go from here.

In order to further discussion of this important issue, the Rio Grande Foundation is hosting a panel discussion and public reception on the topic.

Panelists include:


Brett Tolman
former U.S. Attorney for
the District of Utah

David Iglesias
former U.S. Attorney for
the District of New Mexico

Daniel Ivey-Soto
New Mexico Senator
(D-Bernalillo)

Paul Gessing, President of Rio Grande Foundation, will provide introductory remarks, and Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst at Justice Action Network, will serve as the moderator.

Topics and potential questions for this interactive panel include:

What does an ideal pretrial system look like? How can we prioritize public safety in pretrial decision making? Is reform working in New Mexico? Could it be improved? What does the national landscape look like when it comes to pretrial and bail reform? Are there any lessons to be learned from elsewhere?

  • Location: Marriott Pyramid Hotel located at: 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30pm.
  • Cost: There is NO COST for this event. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served and there will be a cash bar.

This event is sponsored by the Rio Grande Foundation with the help of the Justice Action Network.