Program’s end means more northern New Mexico defendants may end up in court

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More people could end up in court after a popular program was canceled in northern New Mexico.

The Technical Violations Program or TVP was created to free up the court system. It allowed people with minor probation violations like failing a drug test, to avoid a probation violation hearing.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Chief Judge Mary Marlowe asked the state Supreme Court to clarify the program’s rules.

Until those have been addressed, the program will be on hold and more cases will head to court.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Gov. Lujan Grisham vetoed House Bill 564, which would have instituted graduated consequences for technical violations, similar to those in the TVP program.

The bill received bipartisan support in the state House and Senate. However, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Association of District Attorneys asked Lujan Grisham to veto it. They say it would jeopardize public safety.

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