Criminal Justice & Policing

Justice reform committee nixed after Stringer loses chairmanship

Incoming Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers dissolved the new House Recidivism and Sentencing Reform Committee after removing Rep. David Stringer as its chairman due to racist comments that recently came to light.

MCSO: Employee at closed Southwest Key shelter dragged girl by the leg

An allegation of child abuse at a West Valley Southwest Key facility involved an employee who dragged a girl by her leg to her to bed, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office incident...

What is it like when the police use an LRAD ‘sound cannon’ to disperse a crowd?

Journalist Andrew Neef was there the first time a Long Range Acoustic Device, commonly referred to as an LRAD, was ever used on US soil.“It felt like my head was going to pop,” Neef recalled.

Criminal justice reform advocates taking aim at AZ’s “truth-in-sentencing” law

A Quaker organization focused on social justice issues that works toward criminal justice reform plans to make a push during the upcoming legislative session to reduce Arizona’s strict sentencing laws.In 1993, a time when...

Tempe, Phoenix police lack policies on deploying ‘sound cannons’

The Phoenix Police Department recently won city council approval to purchase a device critics call a “sound cannon,” making it the second Valley law enforcement agency, along with the Tempe Police Department, to own the equipment.

‘Birther’ case against new legislator tossed out of court Woman who filed it says come she’ll ‘come after’ other...

A judge ruled Wednesday there’s no legal basis to the claim that representative-elect Raquel Terán is unfit to serve in the Arizona Legislature because she is not a U.S. citizen.

Did Phoenix Police just buy a sound cannon or a speaker?

The City of Phoenix recently decided to spend $95,000 on a new piece of gear for Phoenix Police, but what it is and what it does depends on who you ask.

The security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past

One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.

Puerto Rico not sending its inmates to Arizona as planned

Plans made public in August that would have seen Puerto Rico transfer inmates to Arizona have been scrapped, but the island’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) is still looking to transfer over a thousand people from its prison population to the mainland.

Bipartisan coalition aims to decriminalize marijuana possession

State lawmakers are planning a bipartisan push to loosen Arizona’s marijuana possession laws, which are considered by many as among the harshest in the United States.