- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on criminal justice legislation in New Mexico (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed several bills into law that will bring changes to the state’s criminal justice system.

The bills signed by the governor Wednesday include a measure that will prohibit corrections and jail officials from placing juveniles, women who are pregnant and inmates suffering from serious mental disabilities in solitary confinement.

Another of the measures will prohibit private employers from asking on initial job applications about people’s criminal histories, which state public agencies already cannot do. The bill is often referred to among advocates as the “ban the box” measure.

Under the law, private employers will still be able to discuss prior arrests or convictions later in the hiring process.

Other legislation would allow for people to ask a judge to have certain arrests or convictions removed from their records.


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Advocates for criminal justice reform are urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign legislation that would allow for people to have certain arrests or convictions removed from their records.

The American Civil Liberties Union says dozens of people who served time in prison as well as crime victims hand delivered letters to the governor Tuesday.

The move marks a final push to get the bill to become law. The governor has until Friday to sign bills approved by the Legislature in their 60-day session that ended last month.

The record expungement legislation was among a slate of measures aimed at improving ex-convicts’ chances at obtaining employment, treatment and other services.

Sponsors argue the bills would make people who are restarting their lives after prison more productive members of society.

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