Democrats Vote Down Reinstatement of Ineffective Death Penalty
Dem Representatives & Testimony Highlight Need for Prevention of Violent Crimes
Santa Fe, NM - Today, Democrats on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted down a measure to reinstate the ineffective death penalty, and instead focused on effective methods to protect New Mexicans from violent crime. HB 72, introduced by Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque), would reinstate a punishment method that does not make communities safer. The measure was tabled by a 3-2 vote.
“We’re facing a monumental budget crisis in New Mexico, and reinstating the death penalty would be a terrible waste of resources—taking money that is better spent helping all New Mexicans, especially our children,” said Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), a member of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.
During the committee hearing, Democrats and public testimony centered on measures that would prevent violent crimes such as access to substance abuse treatment.