Arizona voters across the political spectrum and demographic groups support bold criminal justice reforms. In fact, four out of five registered voters believe it is important to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated and only one percent want to spend additional tax dollars on jails and prisons.
The results could not come at a more critical time for policymakers. Arizona has the fourth highest imprisonment rate in the country, and taxpayers spent over a billion dollars on the prison system in fiscal year 2019. This poll demonstrates that voters in Arizona overwhelmingly want state lawmakers to take bold action and reduce the jail and prison populations.