By: Ben Smart America has a well documented problem of racial disparity in criminal justice. The criminal justice system has racist roots. The discretion of judges, prosecutors, and even jurors, is racist (whether intentional or not). This makes perfect sense. Humans are flawed beings, incapable of objectivity. I doubt most people in America today are … Continue reading Discretion cannot be replaced. It must be improved.
By: Ashleigh Fixico In 2020, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (“Prop 207”) legalized the production, sale, possession, and consumption of recreational marijuana for adults throughout the state. Prop 207 not only permits adults over the age of 21 to lawfully possess and use specific quantities of cannabis, but it also establishes an expungement process … Continue reading Cannabis at the Casino: Another High Stakes Game
By: Freeman Halle Every ten years, states undertake the arduous task of divvying up the electoral pie through the redistricting process. Traditionally, this process has been entirely controlled by state legislatures, and most states have retained this model: politicians draw their districts, and the incumbent majority wields the pen. In Arizona, however, the process has … Continue reading Carving up the Copper State: A Look at the Redistricting Process in Arizona
By: Lisa Rode Ian Adams, the executive director of the Utah State Fraternal Order of Police, recently observed that “years of defunding community resources to treat mental illness has made society over-reliant on police.” Both the dearth of services and the over-reliance on law enforcement disproportionately burden people with mental illness. The evidence is disturbing. … Continue reading Reducing Law Enforcement Encounters with People with Mental Illness
By: Yanneli Llamas Nearly two years after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and all the drastic lifestyle changes that came with it, many families are still struggling to regain their balance. The recent end of the Covid child tax credit threatens to take away what little stability they had gained. Beginning in July of … Continue reading Reviving the Child Tax Credit – A Simple Step towards Eliminating Child Poverty