Public Safety

Whistleblower alleges DOC lying about fixing broken locks

An official at the Lewis prison is alleging that the Arizona Department of Corrections is falsely claiming to have fixed broken cell door locks without actually conducting any repairs and that prison administrators are ignoring complaints about the problem.

Ducey ‘open-minded’ on sentencing reform

Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s receptive to the possibility of allowing prison inmates to earn earlier releases, a key recommendation made by a legislative committee on sentencing reform.

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight

A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.

Fentanyl crimes would face stiffer sentences under GOP lawmaker’s proposal

A Prescott Republican lawmaker is pushing to impose harsher prison sentences for dealing fentanyl, even while supporting a broader push for criminal justice reform that would reduce the number of Arizonans behind bars.

AZ to get federal coordinator for MMIWG cases following executive order

Arizona will be one of the first of 11 states to receive a new federal coordinator with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that will help with cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls as part of a new federal task force.

Arizona poll: Wide gap on immigration, gun control between Republicans, Democrats

A new state poll shows a yawning divide among Republicans and Democrats on key Arizona issues, including immigration, climate change, housing affordability and gun control.

Task force calls for new laws, education to combat child sex abuse

A task force the governor created to help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving child victims of sexual abuse in Arizona made its final recommendations on Friday.

NTSB: Arizona’s lack of rules for self-driving cars partly to blame in fatal Uber crash

In a blistering final report on the 2018 fatal Uber self-driving accident, the National Traffic Safety Board divided the blame between Uber, the safety driver in the vehicle and the state of Arizona for lacking regulations and policies governing autonomous vehicles on public roadways.

Sensors off, lack of programming, led to Uber self-driving car Tempe death, NTSB reports

Sensors being turned off, a lack of programming and a pedestrian not crossing in a crosswalk all contributed to the first automated vehicle death ever in Tempe, according to a new report released by...
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