December 2, 2021
District Attorney Raúl Torrez and APD Chief Harold Medina Seek Release of GPS Information for Dangerous, Repeat Defendants
Lawsuit filed by Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office Seeks to Compel the Second Judicial District Court to Produce GPS Data for Certain Dangerous, Repeat Defendants Released on GPS Monitors
Today Bernalillo County District Attorney RaúlTorrez announced that he has filed a lawsuit under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) to compel the Second Judicial District Court to produce the pretrial GPS data of two dangerous, repeat defendants. The defendants had been released in the community on ankle monitors and subsequently committed new crimes. Additionally, District Attorney Torrez and Albuquerque Police Department Chief Harold Medina announced that they are also seeking a list of all current defendants in Bernalillo County who are on GPS monitors.
Earlier this year, District Attorney Torrez submitted IPRA requests for the GPS records of Devin Munford, who is currently charged with various violent offenses including shooting at a dwelling, aggravated battery, and first-degree murder, and Jesse Mascareno-Haidle, who is currently charged with numerous crimes related to a series of nighttime residential burglaries. Given the dangerous nature of their charges, the District Attorney’s Office filed motions to detain both Munford and Mascareno-Haidle before trial. However, the district court denied the pretrial detention motions and released the defendants on GPS monitors. Both defendants subsequently committed new crimes while under GPS monitoring.
“If the district court is going to release these dangerous defendants back into our community on the promise that they will be monitored by GPS, our office should have access to that information to ensure that they have not committed any new crimes,” Torrez said. “The public’s right to know this information and the need for transparency can be no more critical than in the context of public safety.”
“ I support the District Attorney in his efforts to obtain this information. These dangerous defendants that we are requesting this GPS data for have already committed new crimes or have been associated with new crimes, and it is in the interest of public safety for our offices to have access to their court-ordered GPS data,” said Chief Medina. “The public has a right to examine the effectiveness of pretrial services and GPS monitoring and the judiciary’s claim that existing pretrial detention rules adequately fulfill the constitutional amendment’s promise, and the voters’ will, of protecting community safety.”