Criminal Justice & Policing

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases

BY: - January 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that would deny bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, after that law was struck down as unconstitutional last year. The high court declined without comment Monday to hear Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s appeal of a 2018 ruling by a divided […]

DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

BY: - January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it. “I think there’s misconceptions about what the wall is,” Milstead said in Washington Friday. “It’s not […]

Ducey eyes anti-recidivism, but not justice reform

BY: - January 12, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing commitment to reducing Arizona’s prison population by reducing recidivism doesn’t necessarily extend to criminal justice reforms that would result in fewer incarcerations in the first place.

Ducey hopes second time’s a charm for school safety plan

BY: - January 12, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is optimistic that his school safety plan, which fell short last year after Republican lawmakers opposed a key provision, will have better luck in 2019.

Sheriff Penzone: Southwest key child abuse investigations fell through the cracks

BY: - January 7, 2019

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said things fell through the cracks in the investigations his agency conducted into three reports of child abuse at a Southwest Key facility for migrant children in Youngtown.


Marijuana extracts significantly improved my son’s short life. Will the AZ Supreme Court make that illegal?

BY: - January 4, 2019

Marijuana extracts gave me my son before I lost him forever.  Now, an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling threatens to make that same medicine illegal, unless the Arizona Supreme Court steps in. If left as is, this decision will devastate families like mine.

Expungement law sought by criminal justice reformers

BY: - January 3, 2019

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

BY: - December 31, 2018

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

BY: - December 27, 2018

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

BY: - December 26, 2018

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 show neither the Southwest Key employees nor the minors involved were ever interviewed by law enforcement, and the Maricopa County […]

Some justice reform advocates pan federal First Step Act

BY: - December 20, 2018

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

BY: - December 19, 2018

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.