Whether you’ve just been booked on new charges, are being held in custody pending trial, or are serving a sentence for a conviction, jail should be a reasonably safe place for you to be. Unfortunately, that’s often not been the case at many detention facilities throughout New Mexico and the country, and the Taos County jail is no exception.

Over the years, our newspaper has written many articles illustrating this problem at the local level. Multiple times each year, for the past several years, people in custody at the Taos County jail have suffered injuries or died, often due to drug overdoses or by suicide. And a string of three detainee deaths in less than a month this spring reminds us again that our local jail — and perhaps, too, the judicial system that it serves — is in need of greater reform to better ensure the safety of the people it houses.

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