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Policing initiatives in New Mexico attract scrutiny

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for alternatives to mass incarceration in New Mexico are warning of potential adverse outcomes in a public safety initiative from the governor aimed at reducing crime and violence amid a record-setting spate of homicides in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico SAFE coalition warned a panel of legislators on Monday that the proposals could increase the number of people held in county jails who are prone to coronavirus infections, and might initiate or exacerbate over-policing of minority communities. Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is advocating for a $100 million effort to hire 1,000 new police officers and place new limits pretrial release programs.