Criminal Justice & Policing

Bill Montgomery shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court recently announced a forthcoming vacancy. In all, 13 candidates applied, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. But Montgomery’s background shows that he lacks traits necessary to serve in this capacity: He can’t fairly consider misconduct allegations, is driven by ideology and lacks appellate experience crucial to the highest Court in our state.

Criminal justice reform advocates split on GOP bills to reduce sentences

A bill that would reduce sentencing requirements for people convicted of drug offenses isn’t nearly as ambitious as another far-reaching sentencing reform proposal, but may have significantly better odds of passage this legislative session.

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

Man who sexually abused 7 boys at Southwest Key facility sentenced to 19 years in prison

A federal judge sentenced Levian Pacheco, who sexually abused several teenage boys at a shelter in Mesa for migrant youth, to 19 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.

GOP lawmaker lodges ethics complaint against Stringer

Republican members of the Arizona House of Representatives postponed a Democratic push to expel embattled Rep. David Stringer on Monday, saying a newly filed ethics complaint is the proper way to investigate recent revelations...

If Ducey wants to be a real champion for second chances, the time is now

In his State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey said he wants to help people avoid returning to prison—otherwise known as “recidivating.” But days earlier, Gov. Ducey told the Arizona Mirror that he is...

Bombshell report increases pressure on embattled Stringer

State Rep. David Stringer, who was already facing calls for his resignation and possible censure in the Arizona House of Representatives over a series of racist remarks, now faces intensified pressure following revelations that...

Bill to repeal vehicle registration fee gets bipartisan support

A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a bill to repeal the new and controversial $32 fee vehicle owners have to pay this year when they renew their registration. But Gov. Doug Ducey, who...

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature. Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford,...

Justice reform advocates seek to reduce sentencing requirements

A Republican lawmaker and a Quaker social justice organization are taking aim at the strict sentencing laws that Arizona passed during the height of the tough-on-crime era in the early 1990s. The “truth in sentencing...
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