ARIZONA HOUSE DEMOCRATS

Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Arizona has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country and spends more on corrections than colleges. A majority at the Legislature supports common-sense bipartisan sentencing reforms, which were stopped by the Senate President inches from the finish line.

Democrats are determined to pass alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders and to ease transition back into society.

The epidemic of mass-casualty shootings has impacted Arizona, as well as preventable negligent - discharge shooting deaths. It is long past time for Arizona to close the gun-show loophole that allows prohibited possessors easy access to firearms and to require safe storage to reduce tragedies involving negligent discharge, suicide, or gun theft.

Democrats are determined to pass alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders and to ease transition back into society.