County officials leveled tough criticism Monday at a proposal specifying how Maricopa County would pay back $99 million that budget analysts say was inappropriately spent by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.Read More »
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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 And this past session, lawmakers repealed the incentives program known as the Safe Communities Act (SCA).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.
The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will not schedule a public hearing into nearly $100 million of misspent jail funds within the sheriff's office.Read More »
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants people to vote for their favorite mugshots.Read More »
Olympic swimmer Misty Hyman gently coaxes volunteers from the audience to describe their accomplishments and goals.Read More »
An almost-dry riverbed, train tracks and less than two miles of roadway are all that separate Santa Cruz County's old jail from its new one in Nogales. But the county's head honcho, for whom the new $48 million law-enforcement center is named, said the difference between the facilities is stark.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 »
The mug shots are of John Dillinger were taken by the Tucson Police Department on January 25, 1934.Read More »
Less than a year after the agency was nearly abolished, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections stepped away from the abyss after a legislative committee recommended that it be continued for five years.Read More »