I spent twenty four years as an FBI special agent, almost 14 of those years here in New Mexico. Much of the time I had state and local officers implore me to adopt their cases for prosecution in Federal court because the New Mexico laws and rules of evidence were biased in favor of the accused. There is a real need to reform the state criminal justice system to bring it into alignment with federal law and the systems in neighboring states. We must be prepared to treat juvenile offenders seriously. Some juveniles are incredibly dangerous and need to be incarcerated in special facilities.
Methamphetamine is a real scourge in our community. We need to be aggressive in educating our children (late elementary school age) on the dangers of this and other drugs. We must have more options for treatment for those who hit "rock bottom" and are prepared to change. We must be relentless with prosecution of those who distribute these poisonous substances.