Criminal Justice & Policing

New Phoenix mural honors victims of police violence

A community group that advocates for police reforms and for families of people who died after encounters with the Phoenix Police Department unveiled a new mural in central Phoenix over the weekend.  The mural, located...

MCAO will dismiss pending marijuana charges after Prop 207 passage

In the wake of the passage of Proposition 207, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Arizona, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will dismiss all pending or unfiled marijuana possession cases.

Adel takes lead over Gunnigle in race for Maricopa County attorney

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, who remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency on election night, has taken the lead in her bid for a full term.

UPDATE: Allister Adel in ‘serious but stable’ condition

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is in "serious but stable condition" after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday night for bleeding on the brain. "Her family is grateful for the outpouring of support and asks for continued...

Penzone handily re-elected as Maricopa County sheriff

Maricopa County voters overwhelmingly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone to a second term, rejecting a bid by one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s executive officers. 

Arizona voters legalize recreational marijuana

Four years after Arizona voters rejected an attempt to legalize recreational marijuana, they appear to have reversed course and approved a revised measure that will allow anyone older than 21 to legally purchase and...

Julie Gunnigle jumps to early lead in Maricopa County attorney race

Allister Adel’s tenure as Maricopa County attorney could be a short one, as Democrat Julie Gunnigle holds an early lead over the Republican incumbent.

COVID-19 outbreak at Eloy private prison turns fatal, mass testing underway

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety ordered mass testing at an Arizona private prison that holds its inmates after dozens of them contracted COVID-19 and several remain hospitalized. 

Maricopa County jails still a top recipient of ICE detainers

A jail operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office continues to be a top destination nationally for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to take custody of people arrested for alleged misdemeanors and felonies. 

Police need to report missing persons cases into national database to address MMIWG cases

Arizona law enforcement agencies need to begin reporting all missing persons cases into a national database if the state hopes to understand the scope of its cases involving missing or murdered indigenous women, a legislative study committee recommended Wednesday.
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