Criminal Justice & Policing

Ducey eyes anti-recidivism, but not justice reform

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

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 MCSO will hire two auditors to supervise all...

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?

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

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

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

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

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...

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.