Stories tagged: "criminal justice"


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This Arizona Yale Student Has Been Advocating for Marginalized Communities — And She’s Just Getting Started

From Bullhead City to Ivy League, Alexis Kallen plans to practice law as a form of advocacy for those disadvantaged by the US legal system.

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Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana in Arizona

Your guide to recreational marijuana in Arizona — for both aspiring and experienced stoners alike. Arizonans overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana and weed officially became legal for recreational use last year for anyone over the age of 21. But legalization came with lots of questions about buying, using, and everything else from the curious to...

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Where A Juvenile Commits A Crime Can Determine Their Fate

For every child who enters the juvenile justice system, the outcome can vary widely, depending on where the case is heard and the offense is committed.

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Can My Job Still Fire Me For Getting High on My Own Time? Your Arizona Legal Weed Questions Answered

We asked an attorney some of the biggest questions about recreational weed in Arizona. Recreational marijuana is now legal thanks to Arizona voters. However, legal weed seems to have brought more questions than answers, ranging from where you can smoke to getting your hands on seeds to start growing plants at home. The Copper Courier...

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Native Youth Forced to Navigate Complex, Contradictory Jurisdictions

Generations of historical trauma and increased exposure to violence make young Native Americans more vulnerable to the complicated, often contradictory clutches of the juvenile justice system, legal experts say. Once in the justice system, Native children become lost in a jurisdictional web, a dysfunctional state system, and a federal system that has no proper place for them.

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‘Super-Predator’ Legacy: How Children End Up in the Adult Justice System

An estimated 76,000 young people are charged as adults each year. Most are for nonviolent crimes, such as drug and property offenses. Tens of thousands of children, mostly teens, are prosecuted as adults every year, and some serve out their sentences in prisons where most of the inmates are adults. Nationally, no single organization tracks...

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Right to Attorneys for Children Grew Out of an Arizona Case, But Advocates Say It’s Not Enough

The Gault case determined that children have the same rights to due process as adults, including access to a lawyer. However, children are still systemically denied this right.  One day in June 1964, Gerald Gault and a friend made a bad decision. They made an obscene phone call to Ora Cook, Gault’s neighbor. Cook called...