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Governor: Social media to broadcast lenient DUI sentences

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The governor of New Mexico says social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy.

Gov. Susana Martinez is set to announce the program today, which will send citizen watchdogs to monitor court hearings by state judges who are routinely lenient on drunken driving cases. The monitors will send details about lenient sentences to state officials, who will identify repeat offenders and the judges in tweets or Facebook posts.

Martinez says the program aims to show the failure to crack down on those convicted of multiple DUI violations. It comes as police departments from New England to the Southwest have taken to social media in recent years to post booking photos of suspects.

They’re decried by some civil liberties advocates, who say the posts happen before people have their day in court.

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