Tag: Criminal Justice

Fixing Arizona’s Mass Incarceration Dilemma

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Reports and Publications
August 2017
Hon. R.L. Gottsfield, Larry A. Hammond, and Donna Lee Elm

The 2015 State of Our State Conference focused on criminal justice reform and included several white papers from various authors, researchers and legal officials from different perspectives. Here is the latest contribution in the series published by Morrison Institute for Public Policy as part of its ongoing effort to encourage public dialogue on criminal justice issues.

Bail or Jail?

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Reports and Publications
January 2017
Bill Hart

If a person cannot afford to post bail, he/she stays in jail until trial, which can be costly to all sides.

Courts use this method under the premise that it helps ensure that defendants will return to court for trial. It’s been standard practice for years. But some scholars and practitioners are faulting this “money bail” system for unfairly keeping low-income, low-risk defendants incarcerated solely because they cannot afford even small bail amounts or to pay minor fines and fees.

Juvenile Justice in Arizona

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Reports and Publications
January 2016
Bill Hart

In partnership with the Children’s Action Alliance, Morrison Institute recently completed an 18-page research report on the negative effects of the incarceration of delinquent youths in Arizona, and the benefits of locally–based services in the youths’ home communities.

State of Our State 2015: Whitepaper I

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November 2015
David Berman

'First Aid to the Wicked': A Look Back at Penal Reform in Arizona

November 2015 / During the Progressive Era of the first two decades of the 20th century state lawmakers throughout the country gave considerable attention to penal reform. Arizona was no different, with George W.P. Hunt, the state’s first governor, taking the lead in doing what he could to combat or head off similar conditions. Hunt tried to make the prison system more humane and to use prisons for reformation rather than punishment. He also devoted much energy to the abolition of the death penalty.

State of Our State 2015: Whitepaper H

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Reports and Publications
November 2015
Caroline Isaacs

AFSC: Private, For-Profit Prisons in Arizona


State of Our State 2015: Whitepaper G

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Reports and Publications
November 2015
Terry Stewart

Private Prisons: Advantages and Misconceptions


State of Our State 2015: Whitepaper F

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Reports and Publications
November 2015
John R. Dacey, Esq.

Private Prisons Are Unconstitutional


State of Our State 2015: Whitepaper E

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Reports and Publications
November 2015
Len Gilroy

The Future of Private Prisons in Arizona Corrections


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