Smart Justice Arizona
County Attorney Candidate Briefing Book
This Briefing Book for county attorney candidates outlines a number of policy reforms that lay out a pathway to ending mass incarceration and racial injustice in the criminal legal system.
See full book for candidates running in 2020 County Attorney Races.
Arizona is in the midst of an incarceration crisis that is tearing apart families, costing the state billions, and not improving public safety. No single person in Arizona has as much power to bring this crisis to an end as a county attorney.
As a candidate for county attorney, you have the unique power to bring Arizona into an era of smart, just policies that will safely and effectively reduce Arizona’s prison population.
Daily decisions made by prosecutors have caused Arizona to stand out among other states for its overreliance on prison, long prison sentences, and lack of opportunities for people to access diversion or treatment programs. As a result, the state prison population has grown by 60% since 2000.
Communities of color in Arizona are disproportionately impacted by incarceration. We have the highest rate of incarcerated Latinx people in the country and the sixth highest rate of incarcerated Black people in the country.
This briefing book is being sent to all candidates running for county attorney in Arizona. It outlines a number of policy reforms that lay out an achievable pathway to ending mass incarceration and racial injustice in the criminal legal system.
See full book for candidates running in 2020 County Attorney Races