SANTA FE, NM (AP) — A wide range of crime-fighting initiatives have won legislative approval as lawmakers grapple with concerns about an increase in violent crime in Albuquerque. Approved in a voice vote by the House on Thursday, the bill responds in part to calls from Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for a tough response to crime as she campaigns for re-election in November. This would expand surveillance of defendants awaiting trial with round-the-clock monitoring of ankle bracelet tracking devices. Lawmakers have balked at proposals to ban bail for those charged with certain serious crimes. They chose to expand police training and oversight, funding alternatives to traditional prosecution and incarceration.
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