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NM Judiciary announces new 24/7 monitor and alert procedures for pretrial defendants with GPS devices – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-09-20 13:31:51 –

Beginning in October, the court’s newly hired pretrial service staff management office will oversee the alert system Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 8 am, and on weekends and holidays.

The Second District Court of Justice and the Metropolitan Court of Bernarillo will monitor the system Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

“We thank the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernarijo County Sheriff’s Office for their cooperation in promptly notifying the arrest warrants issued for high-alarm GPS violations, day and night. “AOC Director Artie Pepin said. “We also thank the district attorneys and public defenders for their support in receiving immediate notice of high-alert arrest warrants.”

Upon receiving a “high alert”, the monitoring staff will:

  • Investigate immediately, including calling the defendant to determine if he violated the conditions of pretrial release.
  • If it clearly violates the restrictions imposed by the court, it will request the defendant’s arrest warrant from Bench Warrant. On-call judges in district and metro courts will be available to issue bench warrants after normal business hours.
  • The email bench warrants to law enforcement agencies, the district attorney’s office, and the defendant’s lawyer.
  • Call the victim of the crime and request a welfare check by law enforcement if necessary.
  • When a bench warrant is issued and information is requested, law enforcement will be provided with the defendant’s last known GPS coordinates.

High warnings include cases where the defendant is:

  • Leave the restricted area such as your home arrest address or treatment facility
  • Move to a restricted area known as the “Exclusion Zone”
  • 1 hour violation of curfew
  • Suspected GPS monitor tampering or removal, or battery failure

Some alerts can be easily corrected, such as when a defendant passes through an “exclusion zone” while traveling for emergency medical assistance.

Bernarillo County contractors operate a system that sends alerts to the court’s pretrial service program about possible location violations by defendants using GPS devices.

“This improvement allows courts and law enforcement agencies to respond quickly to alerts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when electronic monitors show that defendants have violated court-imposed restrictions on their movements in the community. We support public safety by helping out, “said Chief Justice Michael Vigil.

Monitoring of AOC’s after-hours alert system will be carried out with funds allocated by the state legislature to expand and improve pretrial services throughout the state. The judiciary will seek funding during the 2022 legislative session to continue the program.



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