Second Chance Act Aims To Make Arizona Prison Sentences More Fair

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:58pm
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 3:45pm

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Arizonans could vote on an initiative this fall that will have a profound effect on Arizona’s prison population. Supporters of the Second Chance Act refiled a petition with the Secretary of State’s Office onTuesday.

The ballot measure would allow inmates to earn reduced sentences by staying out of trouble while in prison. It would give judges more discretion in sentencing and would prevent prosecutors from using an ethically questionable tactic to get longer prison sentences.

 Roopali Desai, legal counsel for the initiative, joined The Show to discuss the Second Chance Act. She says the system is stacked against those who commit crime, and the ballot measure would make it more fair.

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