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Domestic Violence Victim Penalized for Seeking Help

Can an eviction notice be served for calling the police for help with a domestic violence emergency?  If the eviction notice served to one Surprise woman is allowed to stand, then the answer seems to be yes. Nuisance ordinances effectively label a property a nuisance when a certain number of police calls originate there in… Read more

Arizona Prisons are Tough

Arizona incarcerates at one of the highest per capita rates in the nation.   Prison reforms that have occurred in many other states might help Arizona trim that rate and possibly allow the money to be put into programs that help inmates reintegrate and refrain from reoffending.  Such programs can help increase the productive segments of… Read more

Domestic Violence Doesn’t Just Happen to Women

In the majority of domestic violence cases the victim is a woman.  However, women are not the only victims.  Sometimes men are the victim of domestic violence and may need the same kind of help that is often available to women in order to leave their offending partner. Domestic violence in a broad sense is… Read more

The Quality of Police Officers is Critical to AZ Justice

In Arizona the quality of the police force is critical to protecting the public and providing professional service.  Prior to making a hire local police agencies are required to conduct thorough reviews of the candidate’s past, including; contacting all previous employers, reviewing past police personnel records, performing lie detector tests, and conducting full criminal background… Read more

Parental Abduction: 25 Years On the Run

One of every parents worst nightmares is the thought of the abduction of their children.  Fortunately today there are alert systems that can get the word out to the public almost instantaneously leading to a higher rate of recovery.  The AMBER Alert is a child abduction alert system that started in the United States in… Read more

Civil Asset Forfeiture in Arizona

Are law enforcement agencies effectively ‘stealing’ when they confiscate and sell people’s property under civil asset forfeiture laws?  Read on and you’ll likely agree that there is a definite conflict of interest. Civil asset forfeiture laws allow authorities to confiscate property including cars, money, real estate, etc. that they allege has been involved in a… Read more

Backyard Yelling Becomes Harassment

A recent news story involving a backyard trapeze and yelling resulted in charges of harassment and shows how important good neighbors can be. Home lots these days are pretty small, and houses are getting closer and closer together.  Inevitably this leads to a higher rate of neighbor disputes and problems of many kinds.  So, what… Read more

Who Needs a Fingerprint Card in Arizona?

A fingerprint card is a means for an employer to verify the background of a potential employee for certain areas of employment including the broad categories of childcare, adoption, hospitals, etc.  When applying for a fingerprint clearance card the applicant must fill out an application form which can be obtained from the Arizona Department of… Read more

Changes Made to Tempe’s Safe and Sober Program

Complaints that Tempe has become a “police state” have been partially responsible for the cancellation of the annual police crackdown that occurs during the first few weeks of school in the neighborhoods surrounding ASU. What do you get when you put a bunch of college age students together who are away from any parental responsibility,… Read more

Kids Get to Spend a Night in Prison in ‘Tent City’

A new program called TOUGH lets kids experience life as an inmate in Tent City in the hopes that the experience helps them stay clear of a life of drugs and crime. Tent City has become widely known in recent years as the place in prison you don’t ever want to go.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio… Read more