It's time for Arizona to get smart on justice

Imprisonment is a brutal and costly response to crime, which traumatizes incarcerated people and hurts families and communities. It should be the last option, not the first. Yet Arizona has the fourth highest incarceration rate in the United States. Decades of bad policies have torn families apart and cost our state billions.

The ACLU of Arizona’s Campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, multi-year effort to reduce Arizona’s jail and prison populations by 50 percent and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. With the support of community partners and organizations from across the political spectrum, we are pushing for smart policy solutions, advancing the leadership of people directly impacted by Arizona’s criminal justice system, and making sure politicians understand the urgency of smart justice reform.