If it bleeds it leads: Crime bills in the #NMLEG

 

What’s with the flood of crime bills this legislative session? If you’ve watched any TV news recently you’ve been buried under a barrage of “if it bleeds it leads” reporting. The drum beat about how “boomerang thugs” are wreaking havoc on New Mexico is a near constant thing. FACT: Violent crime actually decreased in New Mexico by 2% from 2009-2014. Excluding Albuquerque, violent crime was down 13%.