Criminal Justice & Policing

Complaints against Cook allege bribery to benefit lobbyist, inappropriate relationship

A complaint that sparked an ethics probe into Rep. David Cook alleges he orchestrated a bribery scheme involving Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb to benefit a lobbyist he with whom he allegedly had a romantic relationship.

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017.She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project. She never came home.

Court upholds ruling against state for poor prison health care

A federal appeals court upheld a contempt order and a $1.44 million fine against the Arizona Department of Corrections this week, saying the agency has been “deliberately indifferent” to health care for inmates.

A win-win for activists and Phoenix police? Yup, it’s possible

There are some Phoenix activists who believe the city’s police department has a systemic problem with police brutality.Others believe the problems are inconsequential, and the activists are part of a larger effort to wage a war on cops.

Monday Musings: Ducey budget is a better deal than GOP leadership plans

The State Capitol budget is on an election year fast track, and that’s OK. Republican legislators should pass Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation as is, thus eliminating what has become a closed-door, drawn-out GOP budget process. Democratic legislators can protest with their votes against it.

GOP reluctantly approves bill adding harsher sentences for fentanyl, heroin crimes

The state House Judiciary Committee reluctantly approved Wednesday a proposal increasing mandatory sentencing for fentanyl and heroin crimes that is viewed by critics as a step backward in the push for criminal justice reform...

Democrats pushing package of criminal justice reform bills in 2020

As hopes fly high for a legislative session that will succeed in passing meaningful criminal justice reform, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a detailed agenda that includes giving more inmates a chance to reduce their prison sentence and freeing judges from issuing mandatory sentences.

Ducey’s $12.3B budget seeks new K-12, public safety spending

In the face of a nearly billion-dollar budget surplus, spending on Arizona students would return to 2001 levels in the coming year under the budget proposal that Gov. Doug Ducey released Friday, with projections to exceed the high-water mark of 2008 next year, when inflation is taken into account.

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women who were in Border Patrol custody in the Tucson Sector nearly four years apart described similar circumstances of freezing cells in squalid conditions, as a trial over the treatment of migrants in Southern Arizona continued for a second day.

Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually

We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.
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