Criminal Justice & Policing

Phoenix police chief no stranger to controversy

The Phoenix Police Department has been fending off controversy after controversy the past few months, but that’s nothing new to its chief. Chief Jeri Williams came back to Phoenix in 2016 from California, where she...

Inmates freed under new early release law

More than one hundred inmates have already been released from Arizona state prisons due to a new law allowing people convicted of drug offenses to end their sentences early. And more than 7,000 people who...

Lawmakers OK plan to replace broken prison locks

A legislative panel approved the Arizona Department of Corrections’ request to use nearly $18 million to replace faulty locks that have allowed inmates at state prisons to get out of their cells.

Ducey: Video of Phoenix police holding black family at gunpoint is ‘disturbing’ and ‘unacceptable’

While warning that the full story hasn’t been made public, Gov. Doug Ducey said he found video of Phoenix police officers pointing guns and screaming expletives at a black couple and their two young children “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”

Julián Castro stresses police reform, says Trump failed on immigration Democratic candidate for president was speaking in Tempe at...

Democratic candidate for president Julián Castro called President Donald Trump “a failure” when it comes to immigration during a town hall event hosted and broadcast by Fox News. “In our name, little children have been...

Arizona’s harsh sentencing laws separate families this Father’s Day

At my husband's sentencing, the judge even agreed the sentence was excessive. But because of Arizona’s harsh sentencing structure, there was nothing he could do. The prosecutor held all the power.

Top prosecutors in Maricopa, Pima counties lobbied Ducey for veto on ‘repeat offender’ bill

The top prosecutors in Arizona’s two most populous counties urged Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a criminal justice reform bill limiting who can be considered a repeat offender, even though an organization representing all 15 of the state’s county attorneys took a neutral position on the legislation.

Ducey signs new citizen initiative restrictions

Getting citizen initiatives on the ballot will likely get harder next year after Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill imposing new restrictions on the process.

Ducey vetoes ‘repeat offender’ bill, but signs measure to ease sentences for some drug offenders

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation loosening sentencing requirements for drug possession but vetoed a bill that would have barred prosecutors from designating people who have never been convicted of a crime as repeat offenders, dealing a final blow to a criminal justice reform movement that saw its high hopes for the 2019 legislative session dashed repeatedly.

Montgomery opponents cleared from judicial nominating commission

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is once again seeking a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, and his odds may be markedly improved after Gov. Doug Ducey replaced several members of a judicial nominating commission who blocked his path to the high court earlier this year.
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