NMCDLA files class action lawsuit on behalf of incarcerated New Mexicans

The international law firm Faegre Drinker and Albuquerque-based Law Office of Ryan J. Villa joined with the ACLU of New Mexico, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), and several incarcerated individuals to file a class-action lawsuit against the State of New Mexico for failing to protect the lives and constitutional rights of people housed in the state’s prison system. The lawsuit seeks to reduce the number of people incarcerated in New Mexico prisons and to ensure the State immediately implements safe social distancing, heightened hygiene practices, and proper medical treatment to protect incarcerated people from the ongoing threat of Covid-19.   

“Incarceration should not be a death sentence,” said Paul Haidle, executive director at the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. “Yet, the State’s failure to stop the spread of Covid-19 in prisons has already resulted in tragic loss of life and immense human suffering. People behind prison walls are living in fear and cannot afford to wait another day for conditions to improve.”  

Read a copy of the complaint to learn more.