- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued an order aimed at preventing the inadvertent release of defendants in criminal cases where detention motions are pending or a detention order is already in effect.

The court publicized the order Friday, notifying attorneys and judges around the state that it takes effect immediately.

The justices stated that the issue demanded immediate action pending a review and any changes to release and detention rules.

The order comes as courts adapt to a constitutional change that was approved by voters last November that allowed judges to deny bail to defendants considered exceptionally dangerous. The constitutional amendment also granted pretrial release to those who aren’t considered a threat but remain in jail because they can’t afford bail.


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