Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council

marijuana, expungement, Maricopa County
May 31, 2023

Court paves way for expunging records for those selling small amounts of marijuana

The state Court of Appeals has opened the door for people convicted of selling small amounts of marijuana in Arizona to now qualify to have their records expunged.

Aug 29, 2021

Court aims to end racial bias in jury selection with new rules

Arizona is about to become the first state in the nation to eliminate the ability of attorneys to strike prospective jurors based on what may only be hunches, a practice that often ends up culling minorities.

crime victims, survivors, House bill
Oct 2, 2020

Prosecutors to create statewide list of dishonest cops

Prosecutors have agreed to create a statewide database of officers whose truthfulness or honesty may be questionable.

Sep 26, 2019

Commission begins discussion on criminal justice data

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission started work this week on developing a definitive set of data lawmakers can refer to while drafting changes to criminal justice policy, but advocates for reform fear the commission will do nothing more than slap a state logo on a faulty report long pushed by prosecutors.

Dec 13, 2018

Tough-on-crime prosecutors distort truth, block prison reform

While the criminal justice reform movement gains momentum across the country, Arizona remains on the outside looking in. Even as more conservative states with a tradition of harsh justice reduce prison populations through smart reforms that target the root causes of crime, Arizona persists in the failed policies of mass incarceration, wasting resources to imprison low-level offenders.

Aug 11, 2017

Civil rights attorney: Using seized funds for prisoner study a legal gray area

Profits from seized property are paying for the latest update to a study of Arizona’s prison population that prosecutors use to argue Arizona’s sentencing laws are working appropriately.

Aug 11, 2017

Controversial researcher hired to update prison population study

The latest update to the Prisoners in Arizona report, produced by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, or APAAC, is scheduled to be finished this fall, and it promises to be more controversial than ever thanks to the man hired to update it, John Lott.

Apr 11, 2016

Civil forfeiture bill appears doomed, opposed by prosecutors

Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws are safe from any legislative changes this year.

Mar 24, 2014

American Friends Service Committee is incorrect on corrections

A sponsored analysis of Arizona’s sentencing policies by American Friends Service Committee (appearing in the March 14 edition Arizona Capitol Times in the “Courts and Corrections” Focus section) lacks relevant data about the state’s prison population and ignores smart, effective policies that are already in effect.

Feb 12, 2014

Lawmaker: Remove felony charge for simple marijuana possession

Saying harsh penalties for marijuana use do more harm than good, Arizona lawmaker Mark Cardenas wants to remove felony charges for possession without the intent to sell.

medical marijuana
Apr 15, 2013

Ariz. prosecutors withdraws med pot bill support

An Arizona prosecuting-attorneys association is withdrawing its support for a medical marijuana bill it helped craft and is aimed at protecting children from accidentally eating medical cannabis.

Feb 4, 2010

Senate panel endorses ‘sexting’ bill

An Arizona Senate panel on Feb. 3 endorsed a bill that prosecutors hope would make young people think twice before sending nude pictures of themselves to their friends or significant others.