Susana Martinez on Families & Children
Each image of child porn should count as its own crime
Those who possess child pornography should face the full weight and serious force of the law. But that's not happening in New Mexico because our Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors no longer have the option to charge someone in possession of child
pornography with multiple counts based on the number of images they have. They said our laws aren't clear enough to allow that, and rather than clarify it, some in the Legislature have refused to act. We must close the child pornography loophole.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to New Mexico legislature
, Jan 19, 2016
Amber Alert whenever a New Mexico child is abducted
We need to improve our Amber Alert system so that we can issue an alert whenever a New Mexico child is abducted and police believe the child is in danger, even when the suspect is a family member.
And we must improve our ability to protect children
from abusive homes by allowing case workers to conduct emergency background checks through NCIC.
We need to increase penalties for child abuse and expand Brianna's law to cover all children, not just those under the age of 12.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to N.M. Legislature
, Jan 15, 2013
Prosecuted cases of child abuse and child homicide
I went to law school and became a prosecutor. I took on a specialty that very few choose to pursue--I prosecuted child abuse and child homicide cases.
Cases that were truly gut-wrenching. But standing up for those kids, being their voice for justice, was the honor of a lifetime.
Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech
, Aug 29, 2012
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