A new bill just introduced in Arizona would be, if passed, the most comprehensive sentencing reform measure in the state in the last 25 years. HB 2808, which was introduced by Republican Walter Blackman on February 6, 2020, proposes significant reforms in sentencing reductions for nonviolent offenders in Arizona. The bill does not attempt to…

Some Arizonans are proud that the state is considered one of the fiercest “tough-on-crime” states in the country. Many even supported convicted (now pardoned) former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “tent city” prison slum he touted as representative of the way convicted criminals should be handled. One of the problems – quite apart from the Constitutional prohibition…

While many states have adopted laws designed to reduce prison populations, Arizona has gone in the other direction.  The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and Arizona is among the states with the highest rate within the country. The “tough on crime” stance has had an effect, but not necessarily…

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