Stories tagged: "Maricopa County"


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More Tenants Attending Maricopa County Eviction Hearings Now That They’re Remote

The county’s usual “failure to appear” rate for tenants in eviction cases is around 36%. However, the average for this year is only about 25%. When the pandemic began early this year, Maricopa County and other court systems moved to remote procedures to keep everyone safe.  For eviction hearings, tenants, landlords, attorneys, and justices of...

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1 in 10 Maricopa County Residents Have Likely Had COVID-19, New Study Finds

Experts say Maricopa County could be headed for a “hospital crisis” at this rate.

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Maricopa County Constable Discusses Evictions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even with pandemic-era protections to help renters facing eviction, hundreds of eviction notices are served to Arizona tenants every week.

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How Maricopa County Elections Went From DOJ Investigation in 2016 to Smooth Sailing in 2020

Under Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County elections transformed from problem-plagued debacles to successful even during a global pandemic.

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Black Arizonans Say More Diverse Leadership Has Been a Long Time Coming

Maricopa County not only shifted blue in the 2020 presidential and Senate elections, but it is also edged toward a more diverse leadership.

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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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.