New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is trying to crack down on parents with unpaid child support.
The governor announced Wednesday the state will offer a weeklong amnesty for people with outstanding warrants for their arrest because they failed to appear in court for not paying child support.
Under the program, individuals can visit a Child Support Enforcement Division office in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or Los Lunas without fear of arrest and pay a bond to have the warrant canceled.
The amnesty runs through next Thursday. The program is available in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties because they represent more than a third of child support enforcement cases and more than $3 million in outstanding child support payments.
After the amnesty, law enforcement will conduct a sweep for people with outstanding warrants.
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