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Studies of PSA Implementation in Bernalillo County, New Mexico - UNM 2019 

12-23-2019 13:38

From the press release: 

Efforts to improve the pretrial justice system while protecting public safety are working in Bernalillo County, according to a study released Friday.

University of New Mexico researchers found that a large majority of defendants committed no new crimes while released pending trial and they returned to court for required hearings.

The study analyzed 6,392 felony cases in Bernalillo County courts from July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019. The UNM Institute of Social Research conducted the study for Bernalillo County.

Researchers found:

  • 83% of released defendants had no new arrests while on pretrial release.
  • 82% of released defendants returned to court as required.
  • 4% of released defendants were accused of committing a new violent crime. Misdemeanors and fourth-degree felonies accounted for the largest share of the alleged new criminal activity.
  • Less than 1% – 12 of the released defendants – were arrested for a first-degree felony, which is the most serious category of crime that includes premeditated murder and child abuse resulting in death of the child.
This entry contains two reports: 

Bernalillo County Public Safety Assessment Review – July 2017 to March 2019
Failure to Appear and New Criminal Activity: Outcome Measures for Preventive Detention and Public Safety Assessments

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