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Breaking the Cycle of Gang Violence Episode 6: Judge Robert Tafoya

Posted at 3:01 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 22:22:25-04

Judge Robert Tafoya has been on the bench since 2002. Prior to that, he had his own law firm for more than two decades where he practiced family law.

In this episode, he discusses what he has seen over the years serving as a judge, how he evaluates those who are in the courtroom in front of him, and how he believes we can break the cycle of gang violence.

He also discusses the challenges he faces as a judge, making sure he's making decisions that will benefit the individual and still uphold the law.

"If this young man is on the border, but I decide to set bail in an amount that is so high that he is not able to bail out, then he remains in custody. When he remains in custody, he's now subject to those influences that are, sometimes, very negative." said Tafoya. "Maybe we got his attention. He spent the weekend in jail and he's terrified. And I can look at body language and see this child, he is afraid, we got his attention. But, if I decide that he is to remain in custody, am I running the risk that by him being incarcerated and socializing with other bad elements is that going to compound the problem?"

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