Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acted to make life tougher for Arizona criminals during this year’s legislative session by passing a slate of criminal justice bills.Read More »
One of two men suspected in the fatal shooting of a Senate page in 2010 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court decided today to issue a warrant of execution for a death-row inmate who underwent open-heart surgery in September.Read More »
Arizona’s prison population is shrinking, but inmates are more violent, according to a study commissioned by the state’s prosecutors.Read More »
Lawyers for Arizona death-row inmates say the state is ignoring provisions in its own protocol on conducting injection executions.
A trial begun Monday in federal court examines claims that Arizona's execution practices violate inmates' rights by threatening to subject them to unconstitutional pain and suffering.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused today to immediately put a stop to the bidding process for private prisons to house 5,000 inmates.Read More »
Sen. Scott Bundgaard struck a deal with Phoenix prosecutors today, pleading “no contest” to reckless endangerment and agreeing to take counseling to avoid a criminal trial.Read More »
Aided by a group advocating for prisoners’ rights, an inmate today challenged in Maricopa County Superior Court a provision of a new law that allows the Department of Corrections to deduct a fee on deposits made to prisoners’ bank accounts.Read More »
Arizona's clemency board on Monday declined to recommend that an inmate's death sentence be delayed or lessened to a term of life in prison after a long, emotional hearing during which lawyers for both sides cried and the 9-year-old victim's family wept.Read More »
A man who raped and killed a 13-year-old Tempe girl in 1984, then took part in her search and attended her funeral was executed by lethal injection Wednesday with a drug that has never been used before in the state.Read More »