Metro Crime Initiative: What Are Attainable Options To Albuquerque Crime?

Crime is widespread and the victims in Albuquerque are countless. This story may sound familiar to you:

“Kelly is desperate to break into a house to find money or anything that can be sold to support the habit …”

This is part of a case study used to support the Metro Crime Initiative.

This discussion involves officials with the local courts, prosecutors, APD, treatment professions, and more.

“Detox is the first step. Getting someone to detox is really important, ”said Jennifer Weiss-Burke, executive director of the Serenity Mesa Recovery Center. “Right now there are no youth detox centers in the state of New Mexico. That is a crucial element that we are missing. “

So what is missing?

“We need case managers and peer case managers to really connect with people,” said Jennifer Barela, District Defense Attorney for the Second Judicial District.

Many have spoken of the need for more redirect programs, referrals, or opportunities before it’s too late.

“The fewer criminals we can remove from the system, the better we will be,” said Judge Cindy Leos, Second Judicial District. “Like Jennifer said, when someone becomes a felon, it’s a way of … saying that a door has closed in an understatement.”

While these interventions are necessary, others say crime legislation is still necessary to target drug and chop shop drivers and suppliers.

“It pains me to come and ask for things that seem like more punishment, but I can also tell you that, as a crime victim, you don’t feel safe in your home with someone inside whom you didn’t allow come You come in, ”said Roberta Baca, head of the OIS Fraud Bureau. “So I think we need to have a different perspective for people.”

There seemed to be a consensus that there are solutions, but it will take time and collaboration.

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