Criminal Justice & Policing

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...

Corrections Dept. failing to fill vacant prison guard jobs

The Arizona Department of Corrections is not off to a good start on its plan to slash the number of open correctional officer jobs by two-thirds this fiscal year.

ICE plans to build ‘hyper realistic’ replica of Arizona to train for urban combat

A poorly redacted document has revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to build a “hyper realistic” depiction of a “city in Arizona” so it can better train its officers for “combat” in urban settings.

Mesa Mayor Giles: Congress should pass universal background checks

Mesa Mayor John Giles said he has spoken to friends, neighbors and strangers – including many conservatives – who he said support universal background checks on gun purchases, particularly after a string of mass shootings last month.

DPS told faulty gun manufacturer to preserve evidence

Ten days after a shooting at a Benson hospital led the Arizona Department of Public Safety to find a flaw in their duty pistols, the agency’s top lawyer sent a letter to the firearm manufacturer demanding that they “preserve evidence.”

Guv’s child sex abuse task force has first meeting

A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to look into cases of childhood sexual abuse and help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving victims in Arizona had its first meeting Thursday afternoon.

Bill Montgomery sworn in during private ceremony

Former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery was sworn in to the Arizona Supreme Court late Friday morning in a private and secretive ceremony.
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