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Justice in Pima County: Week 29

Justice in Pima County: Week 29

There’s been so much tragedy for our community to deal with the past week and, of course, the last 18 months. Violence is demanding our attention, in our neighborhoods and across the media. Because one of the primary roles of this Office is to prosecute people who...
Justice in Pima County: Week 27

Justice in Pima County: Week 27

As previously reported, we started the year with a backlog of 150 pending homicide cases. This was a tall order coming in, and it has required us to adjust the workings of PCAO’s Homicide Panel to meet the realities of the moment. What was once a monthly or biweekly...
Justice in Pima County: Week 26

Justice in Pima County: Week 26

It has been hard to be patient, but it was well worth the wait this week when the good folks at the ASU Criminology department gave us a presentation on all of our data from 2017 to the present. The data was fascinating and revelatory. We definitely could have geeked...
Justice in Pima County: Week 25

Justice in Pima County: Week 25

After 28 years of steadfast dedication to PCAO, including 13 years to our Victim Services Division, Babette McDonald is taking the helm of 88-CRIME. So many times over the last several years, Babette has risen to the occasion as the interim director of Victim...
Justice in Pima County: Week 24

Justice in Pima County: Week 24

Today, I’m proud and delighted to announce that Sam Brown, an innovative and experienced thought leader in our community who currently serves as legal counsel to the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), is joining PCAO to lead the Civil Division as our new Chief...
Justice in Pima County: Week 22

Justice in Pima County: Week 22

As I have reported here, we’ve been hiring and welcoming lots of wonderful and dedicated new prosecutors and law clerks to PCAO the last several weeks. Real reform requires leaders in our Office willing to shepherd and mentor our newest colleagues. This week, Vicki...