LAW ENFORCEMENT | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Most of America’s county jails escape lawsuits seeking reforms for inmates with serious mental illness. Now Arizona’s Cochise County has joined hundreds of other small counties innovating ways to keep people with serious mental illness out of their jails. But it comes too late for Adrian Perez, who has spent the past 13 years cycling in and out of jail, and solitary confinement, which only makes him sicker.read more
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a federal court order by allowing his deputies to nab scores of immigrants. President Donald Trump pardoned him. Now the immigrant victims are eligible for compensation. But where are they?read more
Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, Arizona law enforcement officials say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.read more
Following a yearlong AZCIR investigation finding lax oversight of a program that allowed Arizona law enforcement agencies to seize $200 million from people suspected of committing crimes – spending half on general operations, the Arizona Legislature is considering a measure that would fundamentally alter how police agencies take a private citizen’s money or property.read more
Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.read more
Her mother romanced a prison guard. Then a detective. One gave Crystal life. The other helped dig the 3-year-old’s grave. This is the story of her brief existence and the cold case investigation into her murder, as told through nearly two decades of police reports and court testimony.read more
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