Conservative lawmakers aim for death penalty

The associated press reports that recent killings of children, attacks on law enforcement officers and a rise in crime in New Mexico’s largest city have conservative state lawmakers calling for New Mexico to reinstate the death penalty. New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez took office, by replacing provisions for lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without parole. A proposed measure to bring back the death penalty failed earlier this year in the house. State democrats say that there was no evidence that the states with the death penalty see fewer attacks on officers or children than those states without it. The measure could be on the agenda during the next legislative session.