Cannabis at the Casino: Another High Stakes Game

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

Carving up the Copper State: A Look at the Redistricting Process in Arizona

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

Reducing Law Enforcement Encounters with People with Mental Illness

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

Reviving the Child Tax Credit – A Simple Step towards Eliminating Child Poverty

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

Striking the Peremptory Challenge: A New Era for Arizona’s Indigent Criminal Defendants

By: Sarah Fisher In late 2021, the State of Arizona became the first in the nation to eliminate peremptory challenges. In an August order, the state supreme court released a modified version of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure. Section 18.5(f) now stipulates that a “party challenging a juror for cause” must establish “by a … Continue reading Striking the Peremptory Challenge: A New Era for Arizona’s Indigent Criminal Defendants