Criminal Justice & Policing

Some justice reform advocates pan federal First Step Act

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

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.

Tempe to decide between two controversial security firms

Last month the city of Tempe took some heat for a decision to add armed security guards to their parks. Now, the city council will be deciding if it wants to stick with G4S Security or instead hire another firm, Allied Universal Security, which also has a history of indiscretions.

AZ legislator wants to require counties accept any grants for law enforcement, prosecutors

An Oro Valley Republican wants to take away the authority of all county governing bodies to turn down any federal money awarded to law enforcement and prosecutors, effectively mandating that counties rubber stamp the partnerships between federal law enforcement and local law enforcement if the federal government provides any amount of funding.

Retired AZ judges to ICE: Stop arrests at courthouses

A group of 68 retired judges from 23 states sent a letter Wednesday to the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urging the agency to stop arrests at courthouses. Among those judges were 16 from Arizona, including two former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prescott newspaper owner embroiled in bonkers divorce

The Associated Press reported today on the latest developments in an utterly bizarre divorce involving the owner of a chain of rural Arizona community newspapers that includes an alleged attempted poisoning, alleged methamphetamine use, a newspaper ad featuring skulls and rats, and a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

Justice reform committee nixed after Stringer loses chairmanship

Incoming Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers dissolved the new House Recidivism and Sentencing Reform Committee after removing Rep. David Stringer as its chairman due to racist comments that recently came to light.

MCSO: Employee at closed Southwest Key shelter dragged girl by the leg

An allegation of child abuse at a West Valley Southwest Key facility involved an employee who dragged a girl by her leg to her to bed, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office incident...

What is it like when the police use an LRAD ‘sound cannon’ to disperse a crowd?

Journalist Andrew Neef was there the first time a Long Range Acoustic Device, commonly referred to as an LRAD, was ever used on US soil. “It felt like my head was going to pop,” Neef recalled.

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

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...
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