A Quaker group is testing the waters for reducing Arizona’s mandatory minimum sentences as a way to save money.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.
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 »
A legislative committee meets Tuesday to consider making recommendations on changes to Arizona's criminal sentencing laws.Read More »