A new law that goes into effect later this month is aimed at speeding up police misconduct investigations, but cases that involve criminal acts will continue to be prolonged, allowing accused officers to collect paychecks while awaiting the outcome of their cases in court.Read More »
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An interim legislative committee is crafting pioneering child custody measures that promise to result in a collision between groups advocating for victims of domestic violence and advocates for fathers’ rights.Read More »
A divided federal appeals court panel Wednesday upheld the 51-month sentence for a Mexican man charged with illegal re-entry to the country, saying his 2000 conviction for having sex with a 14-year-old girl could be counted against him.Read More »
Since the late 1970s, rising crime has led lawmakers to require prison time for many non-violent offenses.
But some say eliminating the options of fines, work release, substance-abuse treatment and house arrest in favor of prison time can turn non-violent offenders into career criminals.
Now, as states face large budget deficits, calls for reforming sentencing for non-violent offenders also are coming increasingly from conservatives who call prison costs unsustainable.
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 And this past session, lawmakers repealed the incentives program known as the Safe Communities Act (SCA).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.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen a criminal executed and another execution is scheduled pending a last-minute review. Every time Arizona doles out the most severe punishment humans have the capacity to inflict on one another, I find myself asking: When criminals are killed for their crimes, what are we hoping will result, and what actually results?Read More »
Convicted Arizona juvenile offenders would be eligible to be turned over to federal immigration enforcement under legislation approved Jan. 19 by a Senate panel.Read More »
Money, fancy cars and nice clothes — things that most young people desire. According to law enforcement, smugglers use promises of just that to lure middle- and high-schoolers into illegal activity such as smuggling drugs, people and even firearms.Read More »
Probation officers who have sex with offenders they supervise, criminal defendants who fail to appear for court and the practice of tapping retired judges to serve on the bench are among the issues the state’s courts are considering for their 2011 legislative agenda.Read More »
Crime in Arizona dropped sharply in 2009, with overall violent crime down by 13.9 percent.Read More »