Criminal Justice & Policing

National Day of Empathy highlights inability of ex-inmates to find jobs

BY: - March 5, 2019

Advocates for the formerly incarcerated gathered the Capitol on Tuesday as part of a National Day of Empathy to raise awareness of the lack of opportunities facing people when they get out of prison.

Juan Martinez

State Bar: Top MariCo prosecutor leaked secret information, lied, sexually harassed underlings

BY: - March 5, 2019

The State Bar of Arizona has filed a formal complaint against star Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, alleging that he leaked confidential information during the murder trial of Jodi Arias, lied to Bar investigators and frequently sexually harassed women employees in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Supreme Court ruling could prompt lawsuits over fines and fees in Arizona

BY: - March 4, 2019

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that the constitutional protection from excessive fines and fees applies to local governments could inspire new legal challenges in Arizona, an attorney from the conservative Institute for Justice said.


Does Bill Montgomery know enough about justice to be one?

BY: - February 28, 2019

He has exactly five years’ experience prosecuting cases — those years are not contiguous — and many of the most serious cases he tried were motor-vehicle offenses.

Giffords, Democrats rally at Capitol for gun background-check bill

BY: - February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rallied House lawmakers Tuesday to support a bill that would expand the requirement for background checks on private gun sales.

Former DES employee pleads guilty in bribery scheme

BY: - February 26, 2019

A former employee of the Department of Economic Security has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a Los Angeles-area debt collection company in exchange for confidential information about unemployment insurance beneficiaries.

Is your genetic information really safe?

BY: - February 21, 2019

Is genetic information truly safe, even in the hands of a government agency that promises to anonymize the data? The answer, like our DNA, is complicated.

Committee passes sex offender registry bill, urges broader reforms

BY: - February 20, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of a limited proposal to slightly expand the number of people who are eligible to be removed from Arizona’s sex offender registry, lauding a proposal that many called an incremental step in the right direction while calling for Arizona to go further.

Former Arpaio top aide running for sheriff

BY: - February 19, 2019

Jerry Sheridan, who served as Joe Arpaio’s chief deputy and faced civil contempt of court charges alongside his boss in a long-running racial profiling lawsuit, is running for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020.

MariCo attorney behind push to slightly loosen sex offender registry law

BY: - February 19, 2019

More sex offenders would become eligible to have their names removed from the Arizona’s sex offender registry but would face new hurdles in doing so, under legislation being pushed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Moms Demand Action rally behind bill to bar domestic abusers from owning guns

BY: - February 14, 2019

Instead of arriving at their Phoenix home with a gift, he brought a gun and left her dead on the street.

Sentencing-reduction bill moves forward as advocates push for broader reforms

BY: - February 14, 2019

Criminal justice reform advocates hailed a bill to reduce sentencing requirements drug possession as a step in the right direction while urging the sponsor to expand it to include more people.