Criminal Justice & Policing

Ducey signs bill to study murders of Native women

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed into law a bill that will create a study committee to examine cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

Corrections Dept. spent no money to repair broken cell door locks

Seven months after Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan learned of a problem with broken cell door locks at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis, he sought approval for a building renewal plan that included funding for walk-in freezers, backup generators and new door locks for a different facility, but nothing for the locks at Lewis.

Mass incarceration hurts Arizona’s moms and children

Arizona families are not immune to this troubling trend. In fact, we are one of the worst offenders. We incarcerate women at almost twice the rate of most other states, and four times the rate of our neighbor, Utah.

DPS tech who oversaw testing of pistols charged with theft, forgery

A Department of Public Safety employee who oversaw the Firearms Unit and oversaw the lab which discovered an issue with the department’s service pistol was arrested for stealing from DPS.Todd Whittard, 52, was...

Bill creating committee to study murders of Native women heads to Ducey

A bill that would create a study committee to examine cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls won unanimous approval in the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday and will now head...

How a shooting in Benson led DPS to find a defect in their pistols

As he tried to help his fellow trooper, Marotto drew his own pistol – identical to the one Menard was brandishing – and pressed it into the suspect’s chest, yelling at him to drop the gun or he would shoot.

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights

Michael Romero is one of about 1,100 ex-felons who have regained their right to vote under the guidance of a legal clinic at the University of Arizona, one of the only free legal-aid programs for ex-felons in the state.

Two months after discovering gun’s flaw, all DPS firearms were fixed

After the Arizona Department of Public Safety discovered a flaw in the service pistols carried in the field, troopers were warned of the defect two months before the manufacturer was able to fix them for the agency.

In Arizona, only about 1 in 3 murders of Native Americans get disclosed in FBI crime report

A study released by a non-profit that examines unsolved murders has found that half of all Native American deaths in the U.S. go unreported to the FBI. In Arizona, only about one in three...

Corrections now charging inmates for overdose treatment

A new policy at the Arizona Department of Corrections requires inmates to pay for their medical treatment if they’re hospitalized for substance abuse.
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