Criminal Justice & Policing

Penzone handily re-elected as Maricopa County sheriff

Maricopa County voters overwhelmingly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone to a second term, rejecting a bid by one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s executive officers. 

Arizona voters legalize recreational marijuana

Four years after Arizona voters rejected an attempt to legalize recreational marijuana, they appear to have reversed course and approved a revised measure that will allow anyone older than 21 to legally purchase and...

Julie Gunnigle jumps to early lead in Maricopa County attorney race

Allister Adel’s tenure as Maricopa County attorney could be a short one, as Democrat Julie Gunnigle holds an early lead over the Republican incumbent.

COVID-19 outbreak at Eloy private prison turns fatal, mass testing underway

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety ordered mass testing at an Arizona private prison that holds its inmates after dozens of them contracted COVID-19 and several remain hospitalized. 

Maricopa County jails still a top recipient of ICE detainers

A jail operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office continues to be a top destination nationally for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to take custody of people arrested for alleged misdemeanors and felonies. 

Police need to report missing persons cases into national database to address MMIWG cases

Arizona law enforcement agencies need to begin reporting all missing persons cases into a national database if the state hopes to understand the scope of its cases involving missing or murdered indigenous women, a legislative study committee recommended Wednesday.

Corrections department says it found pharmacist needed to resume executions

After finding a new supplier of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital earlier this year, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he’s found a compound pharmacist to prepare the drug, potentially paving the way for Arizona’s first execution in six years.

We need more from the next Maricopa County attorney

Much is being made of the importance of this year’s presidential election. But in all the noise, the most important election for Maricopa County is flying under the radar: the race for Maricopa County attorney. This position wields unparalleled power, possessing wide discretion in determining who to charge and how to sentence people, as well as substantial influence over state criminal legal policy.

‘They want to ruin us’: Activists say police, prosecutors use targeted arrests to chill protests

On the afternoon of Oct. 3, Lee Percy Christian III, a young Black activist who’s spent months protesting the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, was again speaking to a crowd of hundreds in downtown Phoenix. 

State has enough flu shots for every inmate, but no mandates

The state’s push to increase flu vaccinations amid the novel coronavirus pandemic means there will be increased efforts to distribute flu shots to a variety of at-risk populations, including Arizona inmates.
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