Social Justice

Migrant detention center operators defend response to COVID-19 in facilities

PHOENIX - The head of the private company that runs a migrant detention center in Eloy told a House panel Monday he is "immensely proud" of its operations, even as lawmakers questioned its response to the COVID-19 crisis.


‘We have to do something’: Inmate’s brother seeks his release to escape COVID-19 behind bars

PHOENIX – The Navajo County Jail in Holbrook is one of many national detention centers under fire for treatment of patients before a COVID-19 outbreak. Two brothers tell COVID-19 horror stories behind bars, while a third fights for their rights, possibly their lives.


Phoenix district cuts school resource officers, saying time is right to act

PHOENIX - Advocates called Phoenix Union High School District's decision to do away with school resource officers a good first step toward ending police presence on school campuses, but only a first step.


Right to legal counsel for minors grew out of Arizona case from 1964

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Arizona case known as Gault was a landmark moment in juvenile justice: Children were officially recognized as having the same legal rights as adults. But more than 50 years later, legal experts say the goal of the ruling has failed.


Vigils continue as police release partial video of weekend fatal shooting

PHOENIX - Phoenix police released partial video Monday of the fatal shooting by officers this weekend of a man in Maryvale, but that did little to satisfy activists who are pressing for more footage to be released to the public.


Arizona activists share favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes, explain why his words still resonate

Activists in Arizona describe how their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes apply to the fight to end racial injustice and police brutality.


Activists, parents call for the removal of police from schools

PHOENIX – As school districts across the country remove police from schools, many in Phoenix and Los Angeles are calling for similar action.


Tucson officials rally behind police chief, reject resignation after in-custody death

PHOENIX - Tucson officials turned down Police Chief Chris Magnus' tendered resignation this week after city officials, and even the family of a man who died in police custody, rallied behind the chief.


Amid COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, providers push for equity in treating eating disorders

PHOENIX – Women of color, particularly Black women, often have been underdiagnosed and undertreated for eating disorders, but amid calls for equity, some providers are trying to change that.


Arizona lawmakers split on party lines as House passes police reform bill

PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers split on party lines Thursday as the House passed a Democrat-backed police reform bill on the one-month anniversary of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.


Williams joins chiefs, mayors seeking ways to improve police-community relations

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joined mayors and big-city police chiefs from around the country Thursday for a U.S. Conference of Mayors virtual panel looking at police reform and racial justice, as cities across the country grapple with the fallout of George Floyd's death at police hands.


Tucson chief offers to resign over handling of police-custody death in April

Two months after an Arizona man died in Tucson police custody, a federal investigation into the death is underway and the municipal government is in turmoil.