Criminal Justice & Policing
Giffords, Democrats rally at Capitol for gun background-check bill
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Bill would ban mugshot websites from charging for removal
A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal for companies to make people pay money to have their mugshots and other criminal justice records removed from websites, though it’s unclear how such a law would be enforced against people outside of Arizona.
Partisanship threatens to derail bipartisan criminal justice reform bills
Our democracy rests upon a system of checks and balances. The whole point is to prevent concentrations of power in one or a few persons that thwart the will of the people. Yet that is exactly what we are witnessing with respect to criminal justice reform here in Arizona.
Advocates hope poll buoys sentencing reform efforts
A national organization advocating for criminal justice reform in Arizona is touting a new poll showing strong support for a host of issues being considered by the Legislature this year, including a proposal to reduce the state’s strict sentencing requirements.
Valenzuela fuming over flyer calling police, lobbyist support ‘blood money’
An incendiary political flyer hit the race for Phoenix mayor last week.