Law giving judges access to juvenile records takes effect

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A handful of New Mexico laws are set to take effect Wednesday, including one allowing judges to review some crime suspects’ juvenile court histories when making sentencing and bail decisions.

Jaydon’s Law, named for an Albuquerque teen who was shot and killed last year, was one of the more high-profile, tough-on-crime measure to win approval in the Legislature this year after House Republicans introduced a slate of enhanced sentencing measures.

Judges can access youth records of defendants younger than 30 under the law. The measure will not apply to crimes committed by a defendant before age 14.

A law to create a more comprehensive criminal database for courts and law enforcement to access also is among laws set to go into effect Wednesday.

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