Criminal Justice & Policing

Justice reform advocates seek to reduce sentencing requirements

A Republican lawmaker and a Quaker social justice organization are taking aim at the strict sentencing laws that Arizona passed during the height of the tough-on-crime era in the early 1990s.The “truth in sentencing...

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw...

Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20.Republican Rep....

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that would deny bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, after that law was struck down as unconstitutional last year.The high...

DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border...

Ducey eyes anti-recidivism, but not justice reform

Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing commitment to reducing Arizona’s prison population by reducing recidivism doesn’t necessarily extend to criminal justice reforms that would result in fewer incarcerations in the first place.

Ducey hopes second time’s a charm for school safety plan

Gov. Doug Ducey is optimistic that his school safety plan, which fell short last year after Republican lawmakers opposed a key provision, will have better luck in 2019.

Sheriff Penzone: Southwest key child abuse investigations fell through the cracks MCSO will hire two auditors to supervise all...

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said things fell through the cracks in the investigations his agency conducted into three reports of child abuse at a Southwest Key facility for migrant children in Youngtown.

Marijuana extracts significantly improved my son’s short life. Will the AZ Supreme Court make that illegal?

Marijuana extracts gave me my son before I lost him forever.  Now, an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling threatens to make that same medicine illegal, unless the Arizona Supreme Court steps in. If left as is, this decision will devastate families like mine.

Expungement law sought by criminal justice reformers

Fresh out of prison, where he’d just finished a year-and-a-half stint in prison for stealing a relative’s car, Adam Rose walked into a Starbucks inside a grocery store in Safford to apply for a job.