Criminal Justice & Policing

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...

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw...

Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20.Republican Rep....

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that would deny bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, after that law was struck down as unconstitutional last year.The high...

DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border...

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.