New Mexicans respond to governor’s death penalty push

New Mexico death penalty
New Mexico death penalty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – As lawmakers plan to debate reinstating the death penalty in New Mexico, one of them spoke with KRQE News 13 about why the issue should be tackled in a special session. That special session is expected to be called soon to fix the budget.

“I think it’s important when going into a special session that we address an issue that is at the top of people’s minds and at their hearts right now,” said Rep. Monica Youngblood.

Rep. Monica Youngblood says the death penalty bill will address cop killers and those who murder children.

New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009. The governor says she will push to reinstate it.

But, Archbishop John C. Wester says bringing back the death penalty is not the answer.

“Let’s find the funding. Let’s get the revenue sources that we need. I know that we’re down to the bare bones in terms of our budget, so let’s get the revenue sources that we need and help our children and people in our state that need it,” said Archbishop Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

No word on when the special session is set to start. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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