Tell Key Legislators: Help End the Incarceration Crisis
Arizona has the fourth highest imprisonment rate in the nation. This means that Arizona puts more of its residents in prison than any other state, except for Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
One reason is that under current law, people with multiple charges in the same case — even if those charges happened during the same incident — can be sentenced as "repetitive offenders,” despite it being their first time in front of a judge in their lives.
As a result, people sentenced under the "repetitive offender" statute must go to prison and often go to prison for much longer, even though rehabilitation would cost less and be more effective.
Enough is enough. We should be investing more in public education — not in incarceration.
Contact legislative leaders today and tell them to support sensible and just changes to our “repetitive offender” laws.