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Crime And The Election In Albuquerque

Sep 19, 2017

Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/21 8a: It’s the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds heading into the municipal election on October 3. Some mayoral and Council candidates in Albuquerque are calling for more police officers on the force and a new police chief. What do you think it will take to decrease the number of violent crimes and property crimes?

Based on statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
Credit Rashad Mahmood / KUNM

Crime has been an issue here for decades—and a cornerstone of campaign rhetoric. For some politicians, including Gov. Susana Martinez, the answer has always been tougher penalties for criminals. FBI data released this time last year said crime was on the rise around the state and in Albuquerque. Are tougher penalties working?

Big efforts have been made to reform our courts and the Albuquerque Police Department, and people’s opinions vary about whether that’s part of the high crime-rate problem, or the solution. Does the city have to pick between criminal justice reform and public safety?

Crime and the perception of Albuquerque as a dangerous city are impacting some businesses. How bad is the problem? How does crime affect our economy, and visa versa?

Based on statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
Credit Rashad Mahmood / KUNM

What are some of the larger, systemic issues at play here? Do you think education, behavioral health and addiction treatment services, trauma and poverty are factors?

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