LUCHA Protests Outside Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Calling For Criminal Justice Reform

By Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:14pm
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:53pm

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A mural by an Arizona artist that was revealed at a LUCHA rally in the Capitol on April 17, 2019.

On Wednesday, LUCHA — a nonprofit, grassroots organization — protested outside of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office in downtown Phoenix.

They charge that the county attorney’s criminal justice policies are the driving force behind Arizona’s fourth-highest imprisonment rate.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office responded by saying they are sending fewer people to prison. In their newsletter, they countered with data and said, “Maricopa County actually now accounts for less than half of the state’s prison commitments.”

The attorney’s office concluding by saying there is no “one size fits all approach to promoting public safety.”

But LUCHA, which stands for Living United for Change in Arizona, says their organization has proposed sentencing reforms — and Montgomery has opposed them every step of the way.

LUCHA’s Astrid Pizzaro, who focuses on criminal justice reform, joined The Show.

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