Governor pardons an additional 19 people for 2021


New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hails the accomplishments of the Legislature and calls for a special legislative in session in the coming weeks to approval recreational cannabis legalization in Santa Fe, N.M., at the close of a 60-day legislative session on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The Democrat-led Legislature charted an economic exit from the COVID-19 pandemic and checked off progressive priorities on policing reforms, abortion rights, medical aid in dying and child poverty. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The state announced via a press release Friday that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a series of 19 pardons to people convicted of crimes in New Mexico. The release states the majority of the pardons are for people guilty of non-violent crimes.

This is the most recent use of executive clemency from the desk of the governor, following 12 pardons granted in January 2021 and 19 in 2020. The release states the 2020 pardons were the first issued in New Mexico since 2012.

The crimes committed by those pardoned Friday include fraud, drug possession, drug distribution, and burglary among others. Officials say almost all of the offenses were at least a decade old, some going back several decades.

KRQE has reached out to the governor for the names of those who’ve been pardoned but have yet to hear back. News 13 will provide those names when they become available.

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