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Pima County Attorney Weekly Reviews

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...

Justice in Pima County: Week 21

Justice in Pima County: Week 21

Change is hard. When I promised Pima County that I would distribute a weekly review every Friday afternoon, I did so in an effort to make this The People’s Office: transparent and accessible to the community. Internally, however, transparency is an incredibly...

Justice in Pima County: Week 20

Justice in Pima County: Week 20

I have to give Twitter all the credit (said no one ever) for connecting me last year to the broad network of hardworking attorneys, brilliant academics, and statisticians bringing smart criminal justice reform to communities nationwide. Through all the CJ reform...

Justice in Pima County: Week 19

Justice in Pima County: Week 19

The overwhelming majority of elected prosecutors, including DAs and County Attorneys, have never managed a multi-million dollar budget, until they suddenly do, upon election to the Office. To deal appropriately with that, one surrounds themselves with high integrity...

Justice in Pima County: Week 18

Justice in Pima County: Week 18

After just over a year of empty jury boxes and a quiet assembly room, jury trials have finally resumed. This is a big deal for justice in Pima County and for the victims who had to take the “we just don’t know yet” call every 30 days, for the people in custody, for...

Justice in Pima County: Week 17

Justice in Pima County: Week 17

Before I review the week we just had, I’m extending this invitation to all of you to join us tomorrow at Mansfield Park, 2004 N. 4th Ave, at 9:30 a.m. for the latest fresh food giveaway with Pillars & Bridges of Tucson. The event starts at 10 a.m., but we’ve been...

Justice in Pima County: Week 16

Justice in Pima County: Week 16

The question of prevention floats through my mind all day, every day. Once again this week, we had a terrible three consecutive days with homicides reported. We have extraordinary professionals here who are equipped to provide services to the survivors and to hold...

Justice in Pima County: Week 15

Justice in Pima County: Week 15

Another victim-centered week, as our thoughts go to the uptick in homicides, the use of firearms, the trauma in our community, and the well-timed arrival of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which begins this Sunday, April 18. There is no time like the present to...

Justice in Pima County: Week 14

Justice in Pima County: Week 14

This week was long. We met with three different sets of parents; some meetings included grandparents and uncles, each of whom had lost a child. I took these meetings in private practice as a legal victim representative, but I never had three in one week. This job has...

Justice in Pima County: Week 13

Justice in Pima County: Week 13

Highlights from Lucky 13… The Pima County Attorney’s Office is not the only agency going through an historic transition. Many of our partner agencies are, as well. At Pima County Justice Court, where County misdemeanors and limited civil matters are heard, Judge...

Justice in Pima County: Week 12

Justice in Pima County: Week 12

Snow on the mountain peaks; warm sun on the desert floor. Also this week: We conducted 12 more attorney interviews, coincidentally, in Week 12. Ordinarily, the process would involve an interview team making recommendations to me, but we want to strengthen the...

Justice in Pima County: Week 11

Justice in Pima County: Week 11

All, Snow, rain & sun, all in one week. Welcome to… spring? This week, we met with Gary Harrison, Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court (pictured above, 2018), and I can’t wait to partner with him as the Court continues to move to electronic filing and as we...

Justice in Pima County: Week 10

Justice in Pima County: Week 10

All, The week in justice had a strange start on Sunday, and it occurred to us that an Office-wide discussion on the very definition of Criminal Justice Reform, and understanding the will of the People, could be helpful. We had that training on Thursday, and it was a...

Justice in Pima County: Week 9

Justice in Pima County: Week 9

All, This week was All Anti-Fraud, All the Time, for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Re-building a Fraud and Consumer Protection Unit here at PCAO was a daily dream for the entirety of last year, but when the team ambitiously said we should launch it in just...

Justice in Pima County: Week 8

Justice in Pima County: Week 8

All, Two months are in the books. Recall that true transparency means sharing the good, the bad & the feo. And so, here it is. The Jail, Covid & Treatment for Substance Use Disorder At the start of the pandemic, Ms. LaWall authored a memo to law enforcement...

Justice in Pima County: Week 7

Justice in Pima County: Week 7

This week truly proved the old adage that taking a day off in the legal system in honor of a holiday will only serve up an avalanche packed into the remaining four days. Also, this week was very much victim-centric. We had multiple meetings with experts from across...

Justice in Pima County: Weeks 5 & 6

Justice in Pima County: Weeks 5 & 6

The week(s) started out in the best possible way. Pillars & Bridges of Tucson, a Black-led group working hard to create spaces that bring the community together with its elected officials, invited us to a massive fresh food grocery giveaway. More than 35,000...

Justice in Pima County: Week 4

Justice in Pima County: Week 4

After another jam-packed week, it is hard to believe we are a full month into this project. There’s much to cover, so I’ll dive in. After the surge of Covid cases in our building (our people continue to recover, thank you), I discovered the Office had not yet asked to...