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Advance Progressive Causes / Arizona / Race, Social Justice, Criminal Justice + LGBTQ / Criminal Justice Reform


Photo courtesy Julie Gunnigle.
This Former Prisoner Believes Julie Gunnigle Can Create Real Change in Maricopa County

Criminal justice reform under Gunnigle includes an end to the cash bail system and ending the practice of prosecuting for low-level marijuana offenses.

police officer wearing a body cam writes a citation
The DPS Trooper Who Killed Dion Johnson Wasn’t Wearing a Body Camera. Now the State Has Received 150 of Them.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said his original plan to equip troopers with body cams fell through due to the pandemic.

woman writes "defund the police" in chalk on asphalt
What Fueled the Fire to Defund Police in Arizona

Jamaar Williams of BLM Metro Phoenix said defunding and disbanding police departments is neither radical nor unrealistic.

a police officer stands in downtown Phoenix as a group of protesters walks past
How Police Funding in Arizona Could Be Redistributed

Affordable housing, unemployment, mental health, and education are some of the areas that could benefit from additional funding.

two Phoenix police motorcycles
Where the Defund the Police Movement Stands in Arizona

Phoenix officials approved a city budget in June that left police funds intact but allocated $3 million for a civilian review system.

man holding sign at Phoenix protest that says "stop murdering my friends"
Maricopa County Attorney Declines to Charge Dion Johnson’s Killer

Johnson was killed by a state trooper who found him sleeping in his vehicle, which was parked at the top of an on-ramp on Loop 101.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Chamberlain
Over 1,600 Kids Caught COVID-19 While Being Held in Detention Centers

Nearly 100 children contracted the virus while being detained at a rehabilitation center in Prescott Valley.