KRQE NEWS 13 ANALYSTS: Constitutional amendment to deny bonds is unclear

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Voters will be able to weigh in on a very important constitutional amendment that will allow judges to deny bond to criminals who they think are a danger to community. KRQE News 13’s political experts Dick Knipfing and Gabriel Sanchez talked about what they think would happen.

“There’s a second part to it that will allow defendants who can’t afford bond — and they’re not charged with a dangerous crime — to be released without bail provided that they show that they can’t afford to post bail,” explained Knipfing. “It’s a two-pronged approach and that will have an impact.”

“A lot is left in the details of the question wording on this,” said Sanchez. “I think most folks say this makes a lot of sense. Folks that are violent offenders, that are perceived to be a danger to the public shouldn’t be out, let’s refrain bail.”

However, it’s also a question of what exactly “danger to the public” means, says Sanchez.

“Somebody who’s a convicted robber 14 times over still might be out there committing more auto theft,” said Sanchez.

“There was a case that was almost a perfect example of this of man who had numerous auto theft convictions and charges,” said Knipfing. “He was arrested in July and has been out of bond since then. He was arrested again on four new counts of auto theft… He’s a car thief. Under the definitions in the amendment, would he be classified as a danger to the community? It really doesn’t make it clear.”

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