Las Cruces mayor, city manager become latest officials to blast bail reform

City of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, left, and City Manager Ifo Pili spoke about the 2016 Bail Reform Act that did away with cash bonds in New Mexico. At a meeting on June 6, 2022, both men said that bail reform hampered police officers' ability to keep people in jail. Miyagishima said he planned to take this argument to Santa Fe in the coming legislative session.

LAS CRUCES — Mayor Ken Miyagishima and City Manager Ifo Pili became the latest city leaders to criticize bail reform in response to some business community members’ and residents’ concerns about crime and unhoused people.

During a Las Cruces City Council meeting June 6, the mayor encouraged attendees to gather support ahead of the next legislative session and take their grievances directly to the Roundhouse and demand change on a state level. He said he’d join them.

“When that time comes, and it goes to Santa Fe, we need everyone letting these legislators know what you guys did several years ago … was not right,” the mayor said. “That’s what it’s going to take. We’re going to have to reverse what was done and move forward.”


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