New Mexico – Criminal Justice Reform and Risk Assessments – Criminal Records Need Not Apply

Albuquerque Journal reports on the faults of “Risk Assessments’ in determining pre-trial release.

System allows release of suspects with lengthy police record

(posted in Albuquerque Journal – Mar 20, 2017 – click link for article)

Eric Arellano has been locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center since January awaiting several felony trials.

But lockup is a new look for him.

Arellano, 38, is one of an unknown number of benefactors of a local criminal court system that ignores many of his past arrests when a judge sets conditions for pretrial release.

That’s because the “risk assessment” form used by judges does not include a suspect’s past arrests if the charges were dropped, even if there were plans to refile them. And in Bernalillo County, thousands of cases have been dismissed by prosecutors in recent years.

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