Criminal Justice & Policing

Criminal justice reform advocates taking aim at AZ’s “truth-in-sentencing” law

BY: - November 20, 2018

A Quaker organization focused on social justice issues that works toward criminal justice reform plans to make a push during the upcoming legislative session to reduce Arizona’s strict sentencing laws. In 1993, a time when tough-on-crime legislation was popular across the country due to decades of soaring crime rates, Arizona passed a “truth in sentencing” […]

Tempe, Phoenix police lack policies on deploying ‘sound cannons’

BY: - November 16, 2018

The Phoenix Police Department recently won city council approval to purchase a device critics call a “sound cannon,” making it the second Valley law enforcement agency, along with the Tempe Police Department, to own the equipment.

‘Birther’ case against new legislator tossed out of court

BY: - November 14, 2018

A judge ruled Wednesday there’s no legal basis to the claim that representative-elect Raquel Terán is unfit to serve in the Arizona Legislature because she is not a U.S. citizen.

Did Phoenix Police just buy a sound cannon or a speaker?

BY: - November 12, 2018

The City of Phoenix recently decided to spend $95,000 on a new piece of gear for Phoenix Police, but what it is and what it does depends on who you ask.

The security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past

BY: - November 2, 2018

One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.

Puerto Rico not sending its inmates to Arizona as planned

BY: - October 24, 2018

Plans made public in August that would have seen Puerto Rico transfer inmates to Arizona have been scrapped, but the island’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) is still looking to transfer over a thousand people from its prison population to the mainland.

Bipartisan coalition aims to decriminalize marijuana possession

BY: - October 22, 2018

State lawmakers are planning a bipartisan push to loosen Arizona’s marijuana possession laws, which are considered by many as among the harshest in the United States.

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Kavanaugh appointment could encourage new abortion legislation in Arizona

BY: - October 15, 2018

With the 2019 legislative session just months away, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court could be the spark for Arizona to push the envelope on anti-abortion legislation.