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Reclaim the System | Repair Community Relationships | Restore Confidence and Integrity

 

Maricopa County is the fourth largest law enforcement jurisdiction in the country, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is one of the nation’s largest prosecuting agencies, responsible for over 60% of our statewide mass incarceration crisis. With a commitment to shift our focus from jail profiteering and fear-based law enforcement toward fiscally responsible, restorative justice reform, we can shape a prosecuting agenda that keeps our communities safe by prioritizing dangerous crime, along with fairness, dignity, and fiscal responsibility, for Maricopa’s 4 million residents.

Reclaim the System | Repair Community Relationships | Restore Confidence and Integrity

Maricopa County is the fourth largest law enforcement jurisdiction in the country, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is one of the nation’s largest prosecuting agencies, responsible for over 60% of our statewide mass incarceration crisis. With a commitment to shift our focus from jail profiteering and fear-based law enforcement toward fiscally responsible, restorative justice reform, we can shape a prosecuting agenda that keeps our communities safe by prioritizing dangerous crime, along with fairness, dignity, and fiscal responsibility, for Maricopa’s 4 million residents.

Will Knight 2020 – The Leadership We Need

Arizona is the fourth most incarcerated state in the nation, and we are living in the most incarcerated country in world history. We are on track to spend nearly $1.1 billion dollars on our state prisons this year alone. Arizona’s 2019 Department of Corrections budget included significant salary increases for our private prisons, which are for-profit businesses publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange like Amazon and Google. And they did not make our communities safer. Crime rates are down and stable while our incarceration rate continues to soar just so we can warehouse more and more non-violent, non-dangerous petty offenders and those suffering under the weight of our many public health crises: addiction and mental health.  

Meanwhile, we just told Red for Ed that we simply can’t find a sustainable revenue source to make raises for teachers and educators a lasting reality or to reinvest in our crumbling public-school infrastructure.  

Maricopa County is the fourth largest law enforcement jurisdiction in the country, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is one of the nation’s largest prosecuting agencies, responsible for over 60% of our statewide mass incarceration crisis. With a commitment to shift our focus from jail profiteering and fear-based law enforcement toward fiscally responsible, restorative justice reform, we can shape a prosecuting agenda that keeps our communities safe by prioritizing dangerous crime, along with fairness, dignity, and fiscal responsibility, for Maricopa’s 4 million residents.

Our Platform of Meaningful Justice Reform:

our fear based, fiscally irresponsible prison model by ending mass incarceration and the school- to-prison pipeline;

RECLAIM

our fear based, fiscally irresponsible prison model by ending mass incarceration and the school- to-prison pipeline;
the ever-widening trust gap between communities of color and law enforcement by swiftly addressing official misconduct and treating all stakeholders—including victims and the accused—with dignity and respect, regardless of their social status;

REPAIR

the ever-widening trust gap between communities of color and law enforcement by swiftly addressing official misconduct and treating all stakeholders—including victims and the accused—with dignity and respect, regardless of their social status;
confidence in prosecutors’ offices by implementing fiscally responsible, data-driven justice enforcement policies that prioritize transparency, community safety, rehabilitation, and returning discretion to the attorneys on the front line.

RESTORE

confidence in prosecutors’ offices by implementing fiscally responsible, data-driven justice enforcement policies that prioritize transparency, community safety, rehabilitation, and returning discretion to the attorneys on the front line.

“. . . toward justice!”

Why Support Will Knight for Maricopa County Attorney in 2020?

We are at the beginning of a re-enlightenment period. – We are all undergoing a pivotal moment of self-reflection where, as a society, we are struggling to reconcile our nation’s founding principles of justice, democracy, and liberty against the present reality of mass incarceration and growing inequality. We ended up here because career politicians, from all parties, have been using county and district attorney’s offices across this country for personal gain, to advance their own careers.

What should the role of the county attorney be?

Prosecutors are the most powerful officials in the American criminal justice system. The role of the county’s top prosecutor is to balance the scales of justice, to exercise discretion within the law to do what’s in the best interests of the people, with respect and dignity to both victims and the accused. The power and responsibility of this position requires consideration of how crime impacts our communities and our State’s economic well-being.

“. . . a justicia!”

Our Deliverables

RECLAIM: Prosecute Responsibly
  • Prioritize violent and dangerous crime;
  • Seek fair but fiscally responsible sentences that avoid excessive punishment;
  • Calculate, disclose, and publish the anticipated cost of incarceration in every case where we ask a court to sentence someone to prison;
  • Consider all known collateral consequences of charging and criminal conviction, including immigration consequences, on the accused and the community at large;
  • Implement meaningful diversion programs that are accessible regardless of one’s socioeconomic status and pursue them whenever possible; and,
  • Implement Justice for All, the report and recommendations of the bipartisan Task Force on Fair Justice for All addressing inequities in our system of court-ordered fines, fees and cash bail.

Justice for All – Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on Fair Justice for All

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Reclaim the System | Repair Community Relationships | Restore Confidence and Integrity

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