Criminal Justice & Policing

Expungement law sought by criminal justice reformers

Fresh out of prison, where he’d just finished a year-and-a-half stint in prison for stealing a relative’s car, Adam Rose walked into a Starbucks inside a grocery store in Safford to apply for a job.

The victims weren’t a priority for their caretakers or the police

At every point in the story about migrant children being the victims of abuse at the hand of Southwest Key shelter employees, you see the same thing: People more concerned with covering their asses than actually protecting these vulnerable children.

Maricopa County files racketeering suit against opioid manufacturers

Maricopa County has joined the ranks of government entities that are taking opioid manufacturers and distributors to court over the epidemic that is raging across the country, claiming in a new racketeering lawsuit that the crisis is the direct result of intentional disinformation and other irresponsible actions by the companies that make and sell the drugs.

Records suggest MCSO didn’t fully investigate child abuse claims at migrant shelter

Public records released to the Arizona Mirror shed light into the three reports of child abuse that led the federal government to shut down a shelter for migrant minors in Youngtown in September. The reports...

Some justice reform advocates pan federal First Step Act

The First Step Act, a federal justice reform proposal that was approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives, has made for some strange bedfellows and was passed with bipartisan support, but not everyone in the criminal justice reform movement is on board.

New vehicle registration fee hurts the poor, needs accountability, critics say

The new public safety fee all Arizona vehicle-owners will face next year to fund the Arizona Department of Public Safety will hurt Arizona’s poor disproportionately, said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, an advocacy nonprofit for working families.

Tempe to decide between two controversial security firms

Last month the city of Tempe took some heat for a decision to add armed security guards to their parks. Now, the city council will be deciding if it wants to stick with G4S Security or instead hire another firm, Allied Universal Security, which also has a history of indiscretions.

AZ legislator wants to require counties accept any grants for law enforcement, prosecutors

An Oro Valley Republican wants to take away the authority of all county governing bodies to turn down any federal money awarded to law enforcement and prosecutors, effectively mandating that counties rubber stamp the partnerships between federal law enforcement and local law enforcement if the federal government provides any amount of funding.

Retired AZ judges to ICE: Stop arrests at courthouses

A group of 68 retired judges from 23 states sent a letter Wednesday to the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urging the agency to stop arrests at courthouses. Among those judges were 16 from Arizona, including two former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prescott newspaper owner embroiled in bonkers divorce

The Associated Press reported today on the latest developments in an utterly bizarre divorce involving the owner of a chain of rural Arizona community newspapers that includes an alleged attempted poisoning, alleged methamphetamine use, a newspaper ad featuring skulls and rats, and a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.
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