Maricopa County

Maricopa County 2020 Election Could Bring Big Change to Mass Incarceration

This election season is bringing the Maricopa County Attorney position to the ballot. The incumbent Allister Adel is concerned with keeping the status quo. However, during her tenure she has implemented smaller necessary changes, such as the policy that would drop marijuana-possession charges if the person was to obtain a marijuana card. The Democratic challenger, …

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AZ Federal Judge Upholds Child Abuse ‘Black List’

A Maricopa County federal judge dismissed a legal challenge to Arizona’s Department of Child Safety’s new child abuse blacklist policy. Recently, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed the New Civil Liberties Alliance’s challenge to the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s child abuse registry. This database provides a digital collection of child abuse offenders and …

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Could Recreational Marijuana Revenue Help Arizona’s Pandemic Recovery?

Recreational marijuana tax revenue has proven to be “pandemic proof” in other states, is it time for Arizona to legalize it to spur economic recovery? With the COVID pandemic still in full swing across the country, tax revenue streams are dwindling in the state of Arizona. In order to fund the necessary programs to help …

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Too Many Youth Are Being Charged as Adults

With the annual number of minors being charged as adults at 76,000, it is clear that change is needed. Over the past 12 years, the number of youths being charged as adults has dropped 70%. While this change has been incredible, there is still room for improvement. Most of these children and teens are being …

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Arizona’s Potential Marijuana Legalization Stirs Up Mixed Feelings

Arizona Proposition 207 to legalize marijuana is now on the ballots, making AZ a new battleground for marijuana legalization. Arizona is taking the national spotlight in the fight for marijuana legalization for this upcoming 2020 election. Prop 207, if passed, would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Arizona. According to one poll last month, …

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Arizona Police Departments Enlist Brady List Officers

ABC 15 goes investigates AZ police departments with Brady List officers and the damage they have done. Since the 1963 Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, police departments have been required to publicly disclose any misconduct performed by of their officers. These disclosed lists been been called “Brady Lists” and are usually created by each …

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Maricopa County Attorney Pulls Back Anti-Adoption Policy

Maricopa County reverses a 5 year old policy that outsourced legal support for gay couples going through the adoption process. Since the United States officially recognized gay marriage in 2015, there has been policies put in place in states and counties across the country to hinder gay rights. Maricopa County was among the institutions that …

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AZ Ballot Proposal Could Mean Big Changes in Criminal Sentencing

AZ Ballot Proposal Could Mean Big Changes in Criminal Sentencing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A potential Arizona ballot measure would allow leniency for judges when sentencing a defendant.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]A ballot measure that could reverse a 1970’s era Arizona state law is creating quite the buzz. Why is it so important? It would give judges the ability to cut the length of a sentence below the minimum sentence for any non-violent …

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ACLU Suing Maricopa County Sheriff Over Coronavirus in Jails

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ACLU is suing the Maricopa County Sheriff over the lack of safety precautions in jails against SARS-CoV-2.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Since May 29th, confirmed cases of COVID have increased 5,000% in Maricopa County jails. This is clearly due to the lack of safety precautions being taken by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. The ACLU is suing the county …

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Maricopa County’s Diversion Program Eliminates Participation Fee

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Maricopa County aims to keep nonviolent first-time offenders out of prison with waiving their diversion program’s entry fee[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]In the past, if you were a first time offender with a drug-related or non-violent crime, you could get out of prison time (depending on your case) by taking an expensive diversion program. The entry fee for one …

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