Criminal Justice & Policing

Judiciary committee chairman kills ‘ban the box’ bill

Rep. John Allen, R-Phoenix, said he doesn’t believe Senate Bill 1437 is constitutional and predicted the courts would strike it down if it were to pass. He questioned what authority the state has to tell private sector employers that they can’t inquire about criminal records.

Constable resigned following vodka-infused hangover fender-bender

A newly elected Maricopa County constable who resigned just a few weeks into the job did so a month after backing his official car into another vehicle and telling the county’s chief presiding constable he was hungover at the time after drinking a copious amount of vodka the previous night.

Bill would prohibit cities from making firefighters and cops live where they work

Legislators are considering a proposal that would restrict cities from making firefighters and police officers live in the cities in which they work.

Disappointment, but still some hope for criminal justice reform advocates

An ambitious criminal justice reform agenda with substantial support on both sides of the partisan aisle will have to wait another year, at least, after the Legislature passed a key deadline without hearing a handful of far-reaching bills in their respective committees.

DNA database bill would cost state, cities millions

Proposed legislation that would create a state database from DNA from sexual assault kits using a new form of DNA testing would cost the Arizona Department of Public Safety up to $2.3 million annually...

Senate passes “ban the box” legislation

The Arizona Senate passed "ban the box" legislation that would make it easier for people convicted of felonies to get jobs by limiting what prospective employers can ask about their criminal histories.Sen. Martin Quezada’s...

National Day of Empathy highlights inability of ex-inmates to find jobs

Advocates for the formerly incarcerated gathered the Capitol on Tuesday as part of a National Day of Empathy to raise awareness of the lack of opportunities facing people when they get out of prison.

State Bar: Top MariCo prosecutor leaked secret information, lied, sexually harassed underlings

The State Bar of Arizona has filed a formal complaint against star Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, alleging that he leaked confidential information during the murder trial of Jodi Arias, lied to Bar investigators and frequently sexually harassed women employees in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Supreme Court ruling could prompt lawsuits over fines and fees in Arizona

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that the constitutional protection from excessive fines and fees applies to local governments could inspire new legal challenges in Arizona, an attorney from the conservative Institute for Justice said.

Does Bill Montgomery know enough about justice to be one?

He has exactly five years’ experience prosecuting cases — those years are not contiguous — and many of the most serious cases he tried were motor-vehicle offenses.