Criminal Justice & Policing

Police officers with untreated mental illness are the real danger

Johnny Law is deathly afraid of mental illness. And that fear creates a threat to the public: Police officers with untreated mental health issues remaining on duty.

House passes bill to require convictions before seizing assets

Property rights and criminal justice reform advocates are a step closer to achieving their elusive goal of requiring law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to get a conviction before permanently seizing property allegedly connected to a crime.

Committee advances sentencing reform legislation

A bill that would reduce Arizona’s harsh criminal sentencing requirements passed its first hurdle of the new legislative session, giving hope to advocates that 2021 might be different than the past two years, where early optimism quickly turned into disappointment.

Political prosecutions could increase if harsh anti-First Amendment bill becomes law

If the bill passes, people making their voices heard with tactics from the Civil Rights era — like sit-ins, boycotts, and the March to Selma — could be charged with felonies that carry prison time.

Trump and abettors like Ducey must be held accountable

Everyone responsible for the Capitol assault must be held accountable. It’s a basic tenet of our democracy that no one, not the president and certainly not a marauding band of white nationalists, is above the law.

Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage

A legislative proposal that would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public would defeat the purpose of the cameras, critics say.  The measure, House...

Measure to let dishonest cops appeal placement on Brady List back again

A bill that would allow officers to appeal being placed on a list used by prosecutors that lets them know if an officer has been caught doing something dishonest is back for another try this legislative session, this time without a controversial measure that would have kept the list a secret. 

Bowers revives sex offender registry bill

House Speaker Rusty Bowers is taking another shot at passing legislation making it easier for some people to get their names off the state’s sex offender registry.

My personal crusade to make fentanyl testing strips legal

I won't even try to put into words what it feels like to lose a child, because words fail. The English language fails -- and I say that as an English teacher whose job is basically to analyze words and rhetoric. Needless to say, I am part of a club now that no parent ever wants to join. In May, I lost my youngest son. 

GOP bill in House targets Black Lives Matter protests, critics say

Republican lawmakers are responding to the weeks of protests in the dead of summer in 2020 denouncing the local and national deaths of Black people at the hands of police locally by looking to create felonies for people convicted of “violent or disorderly assembly.”
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