SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Tuesday, New Mexico voters passed a constitutional amendment, the only one on the ballot this election. This constitutional amendment dramatically changes the way bond works in New Mexico.
New Mexicans passed it with an overwhelming number of votes, 87 percent. It will allow judges, on rare occasions, to hold the most dangerous criminals without bond, keeping them off the street.
On the flip side, the amendment will also allow judges to release non-violent defendants who don’t pose a flight risk, if the only reason they’re being held is because they can’t afford to get out.
At first, bond companies were against the change. But after changes making it tougher for some of those accused to get out without bond, they’re on board.
Santa Fe Senator, Peter Wirth, who sponsored the amendment says it will improve public safety and save tax payers money by reducing the amount of people held in jail who aren’t dangerous and won’t skip town who just can’t afford bond.