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Friday, 30 December 2011 18:53
Colorado Has Reduced Its Prison Population, But At What Cost To Public Safety?
Dangerous parolees are remaining on the streets in Colorado, despite breaking the law and failing drug tests, a Denver Post review finds. Some have gone on to commit serious crimes…
March 20, 2016
Does Smarter Sentencing Equal Lower Prison Numbers?
The United States has the world’s highest incarceration rate—and efforts to reduce it have been the focus of studies by leading academics, advocacy groups and policymakers…
February 24, 2016
The Myth of Mass Incarceration
It has become a boogeyman in public discourse: “mass incarceration.” Both left and right, from Hillary Clinton to Rand Paul, agree that it must be ended. But a close examination of the data shows that…
February 22, 2016
The Truth about Mass Incarceration (PDF)
America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, outstripping even Russia, Cuba, Rwanda, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Though America is home to only about one-twentieth of the world’s population…
September 16, 2015
A Bipartisan Failure In Talking About Prisons And The ‘War On Drugs’
If there ever was a bipartisan consensus on an issue, it seems it would concern the “war on drugs” and how well-intentioned but poorly crafted laws led to mass incarceration – so much so that…
November 5, 2015
Heather Mac Donald Explodes Criminal Justice Myths
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to “reform” criminal sentencing by, inter alia, releasing large numbers of…
October 19, 2015
How To Cut The Prison Population (See For Yourself)
When President Obama, the Koch brothers, the American Civil Liberties Union and Newt Gingrich all agree on an issue, you know that something important may be happening…
August 11, 2015
Deals for Dealers and the Phony Charge of 'Broken Justice'
After the removal of Ronald Rogers, the long-serving Pardon Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice who failed to please President Obama over issues of clemency, his replacement, Deborah Leff, has begun to…
July 17, 2015
Glendale event aims to help ex-convicts get lives back
Robert "Fleetwood" Bowden sold drugs, used drugs and spent about 16 years of his life behind bars because of drugs…
July 16, 2015
The ‘Mass Incarceration’ Myth Suffers a Heavy Blow
“The quality of mercy is not straine’d,” implored Shakespeare’s Portia, meaning it should not be difficult or forced. But President Obama’s Clemency Project, an effort to…
June 2, 2015
Obama Administration Clemency Push Gets Slow Start
A Justice Department push to shorten long drug sentences through President Obama's clemency powers…
June 1, 2015
What the New White House Video Gets Wrong About Prisons
The new video of President Obama interviewing David Simon is a work of public relations genius; it also makes some dangerous mistakes concerning the criminal justice system…
March 27, 2015
Crime map shows how safety in each state changes over time; Arizona's rate decreasing
The Movoto Real Estate blog took a look at how much crime rates have changed in each state over the last 10 years -- and how safe that's made each of them…
March 8, 2015
Justice Reformers Have All The Wrong Answers
The Coalition for Public Safety would do well to follow Arizona's lead in addressing sentencing and public safety issues…
March 8, 2015
State doesn't favor prisons over schools February 18, 2015
Study Finds That Repeat/Violent Offender Prison Population Grows As Crime Rate Falls
Against a backdrop of another decline in the crime rate, the concentration of repeat and/or violent offenders in Arizona’s prisons continues to grow…
December 5, 2014
PRISONERS IN ARIZONA: A 2014 Update on Selected Topics
In this edition of Prisoners in Arizona we provide an update to the findings of the previous report published in December of 2011. That report covered…
December 5, 2014
Studies confirm: Death penalties deter many murders at far less cost
On September 17, Texas executed Lisa Coleman for murdering a 9-year-old child. Death penalty opponents argue that, even in the most heinous cases, executions are just too costly, and that society would do better to substitute life-without-parole sentences for…
October 16, 2014
American Friends Service Committee is incorrect on corrections
A sponsored analysis of Arizona’s sentencing policies by American Friends Service Committee (appearing in the March 14 edition Arizona Capitol Times in the “Courts and Corrections” Focus section) lacks relevant …
March 24, 2014
Who Gets Sent to Federal Prisons?
Several weeks ago in San Francisco, Attorney General Eric Holder told the American Bar Association that our criminal justice system is too harsh, too costly, and…
September 9, 2013
KTAR radio show The Think Tank with Mike O'Neil and Mike Russell September 1, 2013
County Attorney Responds to Attorney General Eric Holder’s Proposals on Sentencing Reform
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposal to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders who are sent to federal prison aims at a worthy goal yet misses the mark by…
August 12, 2013
Arizona’s Crime Rate Reflects the State’s Investment in Public Safety
In light of the announcement by the US Attorney General that the federal sentencing minimums are an expensive response to minor crimes, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council once again takes this opportunity to…
August 12, 2013
U.S. prison population falls for third year
The United States prison population fell by 1.7 percent to 1,571,013 between the end of 2011 and the end of 2012, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, marking the…
July 25, 2013
Ray the DA: Arizona's Prison Inmate Study Proves What We Knew All Along! [VIDEO]
Ray Larson is Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney (Kentucky). Watch as Mr. Larson presents Straight Talk with Ray the D.A. speaking about: Arizona’s Prison Inmate Study Proves What We Knew All Along…
March 5, 2013
Death penalty is properly used for most heinous crimes
As a county attorney with responsibility for deciding when to seek a death sentence, I believe it is necessary, once again, to set…
February 25, 2013
Ray the DA: Indiana Study Refutes Sentencing Myth [VIDEO]
Ray Larson is Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney (Kentucky). Watch as Mr. Larson presents Straight Talk with Ray the D.A. speaking about: Indiana Study Refutes Sentencing Myth…
September 13, 2012
County attorneys: Releasing prisoners will not save money
Former state Rep. Bill Konopnicki presents a false choice based on selective data in claiming Arizona's investments in public safety have come at the expense of education…
March 17, 2012
Konopnicki: State can save money by reducing prison population
If in 2002 Arizonans were asked whether they'd like to move investments in our three great universities to prisons, they'd likely give a resounding "no!"…
March 3, 2012
Milwaukee County's new pretrial release system takes hit
It took only 10 days for Milwaukee County's new pretrial release system for criminal defendants to draw a little unwanted attention…
January 31, 2012
The Caging of America
A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories fail to grab us, because, for the most part, nothing happens…
January 30, 2012
The Price of Prisons [PDF]
IN FISCAL YEAR 2010, the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) had $998.5 million in prison expenditures…
January 26, 2012
Editorial: Ariz. prison population
The Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council in 2009 commissioned a study entitled “Prisoners in Arizona: A Profile of the Inmate Population.” The report countered a belief by some casual observers that many inmates are non-violent or first-time offenders…
January 19, 2012
Criminologist questions AZ prison study results
A criminologist questions the conclusions reached by a study done for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council. It found Arizona sentencing laws are preventing crime and saving money…
January 11, 2012
Prisoners in Arizona Report
Pinal County attorney Jim Walsh and ASU Law Professor Carissa Hessick sit down with host Steve Goldstein to talk about the report Prisoners in Arizona: Truth-in-Sentencing, Time Served, and Recidivism, and what changes should or should not be made to make Arizona's prisoner system better…
January 11, 2012
Crime renews lawmaker's concerns about shifting felons to counties
A Republican lawmaker who opposes shifting supervision of many felons from the state to counties voiced concern Wednesday over the arrest of a Sacramento man this week on sexual assault charges a month after he was released from state prison…
January 11, 2012
An Updated Definition of Rape
In a victory for survivors of rape and their advocates, the Attorney General announced a newly revised definition of rape for nationwide data collection, ensuring that rape will be more accurately reported nationwide…
January 6, 2012
Study: Sentencing laws may have prevented a million crimes
A new report by a state prosecutors’ organization suggests truth-in-sentencing laws have prevented crime and saved taxpayer money. But sentencing reform advocates say other factors have also played a role…
January 5, 2012
Despite weak economy, crime in Los Angeles County still declines
There were thousands fewer crimes reported in 2011 than 2010 in areas the LAPD and Sheriff's Department patrol…
January 5, 2012
Don’t rush ‘three strikes’ before getting all the facts on crime
IT IS just over a year to the day since Domenic Cinelli, a recently paroled prisoner, murdered a Woburn police officer in the course of an armed robbery…
January 3, 2012
Falling Crime Rates Challenge Long-Held Beliefs
Crime rates dropped sharply in the past twenty years, according to FBI data, a trend that continues despite the recession and a recent decrease in prison populations…
January 3, 2012
Commission says Oregon can avoid big run-up in prison costs
Oregon could spare itself a continuing run-up in its billion-dollar prison system with changes to sentences, parolee programs and juvenile justice, a state commission concluded today…
December 29, 2011
California prisons shedding inmates fast
California Governor Jerry Brown has had mixed results on a range of policy initiatives during his first year back in office, but one of his most successful efforts may be the rapid decline in the state's teeming prison population…
December 28, 2011
Taking a bite out of crime
The most important social trend of the past 20 years is as positive as it is underappreciated: the United States’ plunging crime rate…
December 26, 2011
Analysts: Better policing behind cut in crime
The latest FBI figures show there's a lot less violent crime across the country this year, a trend experts attribute to a larger investment in crime prevention by government and law enforcement…
December 20, 2011
Reducing Recidivism | Pew
States spend $50 billion a year on corrections, yet more than four out of ten prisoners wind up back behind bars within three years of release. States can break this cycle of recidivism, and save money, by implementing evidence-based programs and policies including risk assessment, fiscal incentives and swift and certain sanctions.…
December 7, 2011
Into the mind of ... Jim Walsh
The Pinal County attorney talks about sentencing reform and Arizona's falling crime rate…
December 3, 2011
Non-Existent Over-Punishment in the Arizona Justice System [PDF]
Lauren Rosen will be a graduating senior at Vail High School near Tucson. She is required to shadow someone in an area of interest for 25 hours as part of the school’s graduation requirements. She chose the office of the Oro Valley Prosecutor and shadowed the Town Prosecutor. Lauren then wrote a paper on the area of the release of prisoners from the Department of Corrections based on her shadowing experience…
November 23, 2011
Talk of the Town: The truth behind Truth in Sentencing
Since 1994, Arizona has been the envy of other states for our criminal sentencing practices called "Truth in Sentencing." There are some who now advocate we abandon Truth in Sentencing and return to the days of "soft time" or the release of prisoners after serving only 60 percent of the sentence…
October 10, 2011
Why Crime Keeps Falling
When the FBI announced last week that violent crime in the U.S. had reached a 40-year low in 2010, many criminologists were perplexed…
May 28, 2011