Criminal Justice & Policing

GOP senator: AZ foster kids are being sold into sexual slavery

A conservative Republican senator who is convinced that the Arizona Department of Child Safety is facilitating the global sex trafficking of children removed from negligent parents called the police on one of his GOP colleagues, alleging that she threatened his life.

Allister Adel named first female Maricopa County Attorney

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picked Allister Adel to replace Bill Montgomery, making her Maricopa County’s first female county attorney. 

Guv’s child sex abuse task force to begin crafting recommendations

A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving child victims of sexual abuse in Arizona will begin formulating and drafting recomendations in the coming weeks to present to lawmakers by the start of the next legislative session. 

Five finalists named for Maricopa County attorney post

A citizen panel created to help select who will replace Bill Montgomery as Maricopa County attorney has submitted a list of its five top candidates for the job.

GOP criminal justice reform advocate lays out ambitious 2020 agenda

Rep. Walter Blackman is working on a handful of other criminal justice reform proposals that he hopes will lay the groundwork for what will most likely be a protracted fight.

Arizona legislator brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington

Jennifer Longdon didn’t need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence.

Lawmakers want more info on correctional officer departures

A legislative panel wants the Arizona Department of Corrections to provide more detailed information on why its correctional officers are leaving the agency, where they’re going and why.

GOP sex ed furor lingers over child sexual abuse task force meeting

In the midst of a brewing controversy over sex education in Arizona schools, Gov. Doug Ducey’s task force that aims to examine ways to better protect children from sexual abuse had its second meeting. 

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors must appoint a reform-minded prosecutor

Local prosecutors wield extraordinary, often unchecked, power that extends beyond their counties and reaches the entire state of Arizona. Prosecutors decide who gets charged with a crime and, because the vast majority of criminal cases end in a plea deal, who gets convicted.

Lawmakers told addiction, re-entry barriers fuel problems in justice system

About two dozen members of the public got their first chance to speak their mind at a legislative committee exploring reforms to sentencing and other aspects of Arizona’s criminal justice system, discussing the need...
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