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Key criminal justice bills dormant in Senate (access required)

Row of bars and American old prison cells

Although several measures aimed at cutting prison sentences and making other major changes to Arizona’s criminal justice system have passed the House this year, the big question is whether these bills will make it through the Senate or even get a hearing there.

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House passes bills to clear criminal records

In this June 28, 2019, file photo, Tremayne Nez stands outside the Coconino County courthouse in Flagstaff. In June 2019, police wrongfully arrested him on suspicion of selling LSD after they mistook Nez, who is Navajo, for the actual suspect, also Native American. PHOTO BY FELICIA FONSECA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Arizona Legislature is considering bills to help people like Nez and others who have had their charges dismissed or served their sentences to free themselves from the long-term effects of entering the criminal justice system – wrongfully or not.

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