Criminal Justice & Policing

Phoenix police union: Mayor Gallego and council engaged in ‘war on cops’

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association is accusing Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the city council of fomenting a “war on cops” in the city, is holding special meetings all week to discuss recent disciplinary actions against police officers.

Legislator readies defense of ‘heart and soul of SB1070’ as Tucson voters decide on sanctuary city measure

Nearly a decade after the passage of Senate Bill 1070, a Republican lawmaker is ready to defend Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law by imposing more penalties as Tucson voters consider limiting the law’s reach...

New county attorney Adel signals openness to justice reform

Newly appointed Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said she’s open to taking steps on criminal justice reform, both by making changes within her office and by pushing for reforms at the legislature.

Despite ICE detainer ruling, business as usual for Arizona sheriffs

Two weeks after a federal court halted some detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arizona law enforcement agencies say they are still doing business with the agency as usual.

State flush with cash, schools and prisons leading contenders for new spending

The state is on track to be flush with cash when lawmakers arrive at the Capitol in January, and the two leading contenders for that windfall are the education and incarceration systems.

ICE determining immigration status of pregnant Marshallese women found in Petersen home

The eight women who were found in a property raided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety this week in connection to a multi-state investigation into Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen are currently having their immigration status reviewed.

Senator’s ‘lost’ foster child claims don’t reflect DCS statistics

A Republican senator’s claim that the Arizona Department of Child Safety has “lost” more than 550 children, but data reported on a monthly basis by the child welfare agency shows the actual number of missing children to be far lower.

GOP senator: AZ foster kids are being sold into sexual slavery

A conservative Republican senator who is convinced that the Arizona Department of Child Safety is facilitating the global sex trafficking of children removed from negligent parents called the police on one of his GOP colleagues, alleging that she threatened his life.

Allister Adel named first female Maricopa County Attorney

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picked Allister Adel to replace Bill Montgomery, making her Maricopa County’s first female county attorney.

Guv’s child sex abuse task force to begin crafting recommendations

A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving child victims of sexual abuse in Arizona will begin formulating and drafting recomendations in the coming weeks to present to lawmakers by the start of the next legislative session.
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