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Hate Crimes Are up in Arizona, but the Story Isn’t That Simple

Hate crimes in Arizona increased by 26% in 2019, but experts say the numbers do not provide an accurate representation of incidents as participation is not required by law.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies watch the crowd during a pro Trump rally from the steps of the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.
Cops Treat Armed Trump Supporters With Kid Gloves While BLM Gets Tear Gassed, Activists Say

Local activists say the differences in handling of racial justice activists and far-right protesters highlight disparities embedded in the system.

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Maricopa County Drops Charges for Marijuana Offenses Covered by Prop 207

All pending cases in the county for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, paraphernalia, or marijuana concentrates will be dismissed.

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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.

An employee at a marijuana dispensary weighs a piece of cannabis. Photo by Alberto Ortega/Getty Images
Legal Weed — and More Money for Public Safety — Could Soon Be Coming to Arizona — if You Vote

The measure would allow anyone with less serious marijuana-related offenses to petition to have their criminal records expunged.

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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.

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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.