The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in which an Arizona inmate facing a scheduled execution Wednesday challenged the death penalty.Read More »
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All is not lost: State never delivered financial incentive, but probation program found some success
The Legislature tried to give probation departments a financial incentive in 2008 to keep revocations and prison populations down.
However, lawmakers never came up with the money for the incentives. And this past session, lawmakers repealed the incentives program known as the Safe Communities Act (SCA). Even in the absence of the financial part, the program was considered a success by some because of the methods probation departments developed and refined during that time.
The execution of Eric King reveals the imprecision in choosing who should be condemned, say death penalty observers.Read More »
When Cecil Ash ran for the House seat in 2008, his pitch to the voters was that he would repair the state’s wreck of a budget. But a turning point came in his early days on the House Judiciary Committee.Read More »
The Legislature can retroactively apply a 2006 law that shifted the burden of proof in self-defense claims from defendants to prosecutors, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.Read More »
UpClose with Dale Baich: Public defender talks death penalty, sodium thiopental and Jeffrey Landrigan
Dale Baich knows about life on death row – for the past 15 years, he has been defending Arizona’s death-row inmates in federal court.Read More »
Arizona's budget troubles could prompt lawmakers to seriously consider changing criminal sentencing laws to reduce or slow the costly growth of the state's prison population, two legislators said Tuesday.Read More »
Claims based on politics, untested evidence and an undisclosed source for a drug in short supply will be debated as Arizona officials wrangle with lawyers for a death row inmate scheduled to be put to death in the state's first execution since 2007.Read More »
The state Board of Executive Clemency is scheduling an Oct. 22 clemency hearing at its Phoenix office for an Arizona death row inmate facing a scheduled execution four days later.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer is standing by Arizona's use of private prisons despite a Corrections Department report saying the escape of three inmates followed numerous security lapses at the privately operated facility.Read More »