New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center Projects

The following list summarizes both ongoing and recently completed NMSAC research projects. Final reports can be accessed by clicking on the NMSAC Publications link in the menu to the left.

Assessment of bail reform in New Mexico

In 2016, New Mexico voters passed a constitutional amendment to reform bail practices in the State. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of those changes. This is a multi-phase study. The first phase focused on creating baseline performance measures to assess pre-amendment practices (see The second phase focuses on implementation. The final phase will assess the impact of bail reform by comparing baseline measures to post-implementation measures. The study is funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Felony case progression and prosecutorial decision-making

This Bureau of Justice Statistics-funded study will examine the progression of felony cases through New Mexico’s criminal justice system. The study will assess charging decisions across judicial districts, by crime type, and by case initiation type. We will also use this opportunity to explore whether and how the restrictions placed on the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic influence case progression and prosecutorial decision-making. Finally, among a smaller sample of cases, we will explore the progression and outcomes of cases initiated via preliminary hearings as compared to those initiated via grand jury indictment.

Evaluation of Summer Intensive Research Internship (SIRI)

The NMSAC is working with the School of Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico to complete an evaluation of the internship component of the NSF-funded CPS Frontier: Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS. Both formative and summative evaluation components are included.