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Tag Archives: Marilyn Rodriguez

Voter Protection Act blocking bipartisan bill

Lawmakers like the idea — it’s criminal justice reform that both helps those in need and serves the community — but stakeholders raised the prospect that voter protection laws and the 13th Amendment, which bans involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime, could stop the bill in its tracks.

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Covid, threats make ‘People’s House’ less friendly (access required)

It’s supposed to be “the people’s house,” or at least that’s what legislators call it in their impassioned speeches. But this session, between an ongoing pandemic, security concerns that led to multiple layers of fences and a hodgepodge of committee rules, the people — and even the paid lobbyists who represent interest groups — are having a harder time than ever making their voices heard.

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Commission begins discussion on criminal justice data (access required)

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.

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