Maricopa County Leads Nation in Death Penalty Statistics

December 28th, 2017|Current Events, Sentencing|

Arizona is one of 32 states where the death penalty is still legal. In fact, Maricopa County leads the country in death penalty statistics. Of the 39 death sentences that were imposed last year, Maricopa County and two other counties (Clark, NV and Riverside, CA) were responsible for almost one-third. The death penalty represents the [...]

Understanding Theft Charges in Arizona

November 29th, 2017|Sentencing, Theft|

Outside of DUIs, one of the most common crimes during the holidays is shoplifting. In fact, shoplifting occurs the most during November. Finances can get tight around this time of the year, and some people may be tempted to shoplift, especially if they are in a crowded store where they think that no one will [...]

Juveniles in Maricopa County Adult Jails

November 14th, 2017|Current Events, Juvenile, Sentencing|

In Maricopa County, juvenile offenders are often incarcerated in adult jails. Juveniles who are charged as adults spend time in adult facilities before they have even been convicted of a crime. Juveniles in Adult Jails In the Lower Buckeye Jail in Maricopa County, there are typically around 70 inmates that are juveniles at any given time, [...]

Pardon? Your Options After A Conviction In Arizona

September 19th, 2017|Current Events, Legal, Sentencing|

President Trump made headlines recently when he issued a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of criminal contempt. Arpaio is the exception, not the rule, when it comes to pardons. Most people who are convicted of crimes will have to seek other options since receiving clemency is extremely rare. [...]

Drug Sentencing in Arizona

August 31st, 2017|Sentencing|

A new report released this month by the American Friends Service Committee describes the problems with drug sentencing and prosecution.  Drawing attention to drug sentencing issues in Arizona, the title sums up their findings bluntly: "Drug Sentencing in Arizona: A Prescription for Failure." The report was funded by a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation. [...]

The Lobbyist Push Behind Mandatory Minimums

June 29th, 2017|Sentencing|

While the American legal system has been rightfully celebrated throughout history, it's not without its problems. For example, many of our prisons are overcrowded due to an overly strict interpretation of our law. Given our massive incarceration rate, there are serious problems with the current push for more mandatory minimums. The Attorney General and Mandatory Minimums [...]