This week’s episode of New Mexico in Focus discusses social justice in the state of New Mexico, from the treatment of inmates in prisons and jails to the controversial “Black Olives Matter” merchandise being sold at a local restaurant.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with Peter Simonson from the ACLU of New Mexico to discuss the treatment on inmates in prisons and jails across the state.

Additionally, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with author Ana Castillo to talk about her new memoir titled “Black Dove.” In the memoir, Castillo takes a personal look at feminism, parenthood, mass incarceration, and police brutality.

Also in this episode, host Gene Grant leads a discussion with the Line opinion panelists about the recent release of evidence portraying the use of force on an inmate in the Metropolitan Detention Center. The Line will also discuss the controversy over t-shirts printed by a local restaurant with the line “Black Olives Matter” and what that means for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1 and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.


Line Panelists


  • Sarah Gustavus
  • Megan Kamerick


  • Gene Grant

The producer of NMiF is Sarah Gustavus and associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for NMiF is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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