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Arizona, other states retaliate against ‘revenge porn’

Sparked by a new law approved by the California legislature this fall, Arizona is one of several states where lawmakers are proposing bills to criminalize “revenge porn.”

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DOC to renew halfway house program

DOC to renew halfway house program

The Arizona Department of Corrections is getting back into the business of running halfway houses, a program that was abandoned as sentencing laws got tougher, but is necessary now to control recidivism.

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Groups call for end to solitary confinement

The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Friends Service Committee kicked off a campaign Tuesday to convince the state to do away with solitary confinement for prisoners and stop the construction of 500 maximum security beds.

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3 new appointees on clemency board; long-time chief out

Duane Belcher, chairman and executive director of the Arizona Board of Clemency, is on his way out after 20 years, as three new appointees take their places on the panel now made up entirely of Gov. Jan Brewer’s picks. Belcher’s departure, some observers say, creates a vacuum of experience and leadership. Belcher is also one of the last members left from a board that unanimously recommended in 2009 to reduce a life sentence for a man many believe is innocent of a double murder.

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