Criminal Justice & Policing

In Arizona, only about 1 in 3 murders of Native Americans get disclosed in FBI crime report

BY: - May 6, 2019

A study released by a non-profit that examines unsolved murders has found that half of all Native American deaths in the U.S. go unreported to the FBI. In Arizona, only about one in three murders of Native Americans is reported to the FBI, the second-worst rate in the nation. The Murder Accountability Project, also called […]

Corrections now charging inmates for overdose treatment

BY: - May 3, 2019

A new policy at the Arizona Department of Corrections requires inmates to pay for their medical treatment if they’re hospitalized for substance abuse.

Senate approves committee to study murders of Native American women

BY: - May 2, 2019

A bill aimed at shining a light on cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, often referred to as MMIWG cases, won unanimous approval in the Arizona Senate Thursday.

Ducey taps former chief justices to spearhead corrections probe

BY: - May 1, 2019

In the wake of shocking revelations that some cell door locks at Arizona’s Lewis prison don’t work, Gov. Doug Ducey has named two retired Arizona Supreme Court chief justices to head up an investigation into the Arizona Department of Corrections.

AG can’t prosecute UA students who protested Border Patrol agents

BY: - April 29, 2019

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has no plans to follow through on the calls from two GOP legislators that it prosecute three University of Arizona students who disrupted an event last month while protesting U.S. Border Patrol agents who were guest speakers.

Mirror takes top honors in education, health reporting

BY: - April 26, 2019

Arizona Mirror journalists were honored with four awards in the prestigious Arizona Press Club annual journalism contest, including two first place awards. “This recognition is a testament to the great journalism the Mirror is producing, and I’m proud to be a part of this exceptional team of journalists,” said Mirror Editor in Chief Jim Small. […]

DPS answers questions for KTAR, but not Arizona Mirror

BY: and - April 24, 2019

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee told KTAR on Tuesday that all of the agency’s pistols with major flaws had been fixed by Fabrique Nationale Herstal, the company that manufactured the guns That came as a surprise to us, as we had specifically asked DPS in November 2018 what had been done […]

Fann removes key roadblock to sex offender registration bill

BY: - April 22, 2019

House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ bill to allow some people to petition to stop registering as a sex offender is back on track after his counterpart in the Senate gave it a chance to pass a key legislastive roadblock.

Ducey signs ban on handheld cell phone use while driving

BY: - April 22, 2019

A twelve-year crusade to ban texting while driving came to an end on Monday as Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation prohibiting handheld cell phone use while behind the wheel.

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How a Reddit thread helped us report on DPS’s firearm problem

BY: - April 22, 2019

The Arizona Department of Public Safety created a safety bulletin video last year to alert troopers of a flaw in their service pistols that could cause them to fire unexpectedly or not fire at all.

After discovering critical flaw in gun, DPS quietly replacing guns issued to all troopers

BY: - April 22, 2019

After discovering a critical flaw that could prevent the gun from firing, DPS began hurriedly replacing roughly 1,500 FNS pistols that replaced the previous sidearm in the name of cost savings.

Republicans vote down bill to increase statute of limitations on child sex abuse

BY: - April 15, 2019

A bill that would have increased the statute of limitations on civil actions for victims of child sex abuse was shot down during a lengthy and contentious committee debate.