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Criminal Justice Reform in Arizona

Arizona's imprisonment crisis is hurting the state's economy, communities, and families.

Arizona has the fourth highest imprisonment rate in the country and taxpayers spend more than $1 billion on the prison system every year. The prison population has grown by 60 percent since 2000 alone — nearly doubling the rate of general population growth — and taxpayers now spend more on prisons than higher education and other critical state budget priorities.

At a time when a majority of states have adopted reforms to curb prison population growth and invest in more effective public safety solutions, Arizona stands out for its high imprisonment rate and rising prison costs.

It's time for real criminal justice reform in Arizona.

Taxpayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars every year if the state reduced its imprisonment rate to the level of neighboring states with similar crime rates.

Arizona is most out of step when it comes to how many people are sent to prison for non-violent and first-time offenses, and its continued reliance on long prison sentences that do not provide any public safety benefit.

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Your Deep Dive: Criminal Justice Reform in Arizona

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HB 2270

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Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis: The Harm to Women and Families

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Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis | The Cost to Communities

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FWD.us Statement on Governor Doug Ducey Vetoing Senate Bill 1334 and the…

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FWD.us Statement on the Passage of a Modified SB 1334 and the Need to Address Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis

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FWD.us Statement on the Arizona State House’s Passage of SB 1334 and…

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FWD.us Statement on HB 2270 and the Need for Sentencing Reform in Arizona

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New Analysis Finds that HB 2270 Will Move Arizona out of the…

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Poll Shows AZ Voters Support Criminal Justice Reforms

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Poll Memo: Strong, Bipartisan Support for Ambitious Criminal Justice Reforms in Arizona

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NEW REPORT: Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis is Hurting Women and Families

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Video: Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis — The Harm to Women and Families

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NEW REPORT: Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis Does Not Impact All Communities Equally

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NEW REPORT: Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis Driven by Policy Decisions

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Video: Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis – Why is this happening?

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Arizona’s Imprisonment Crisis | Part I

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FWD.us to lead expanded line of work, hires criminal justice reform expert