New Mexico House GOP, Senate Dems reach deal on bail reform

SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico House Republicans and Senate Democrats say they have reached a compromise on a bail reform proposal.

Both sides spoke Friday at a press conference, with Republican Rep. David Adkins saying the bill crafted by Sen. Peter Wirth, a Santa Fe Democrat, is the “right piece of legislation to support.”

Wirth’s bill allows judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a danger to the public, while granting non-violent defendants pretrial release if the sole reason they are being held in jail is because they are too poor to make bail.

Adkins had proposed a constitutional amendment for bail bond reform that had omitted the provision for cash-strapped defendants as a counter proposal to Wirth’s version.

Adkins put his proposal on hold Wednesday, the same day it had been scheduled for a House floor vote.

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