New Mexico

In 2002, the New Mexico legislature repealed a mandatory sentence enhancement that required prosecutors to charge defendants with a prior drug conviction as habitual offenders.  The sentence enhancement is now discretionary, allowing judges to determine whether it is appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

May 17, 2017

Two Steps Back How Jeff Sessions’ memo on federal prosecutions could take New Mexico back to a harsher era

Originally found via A directive from newly appointed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructing prosecutors to seek the most severe charges available threatens to stunt recent progress toward less federal prison time for low-level drug offenders in New Mexico, defense lawyers and drug policy reform advocates tell SFR. “Drug mule” cases make up many of… Read more »