Revisit and Approve AZ HB2648- HB2521 (New bill number for the new year)
  • Petitioned Cecil Ash (602-926-3160)

This petition was delivered to:

Arizona State Representatives
Cecil Ash (602-926-3160)
Arizona Governor
Arizona State Senate
Arizona State House
Gov. Janice Brewer
State Sen. Andy Biggs
State Rep. Justin Pierce
State Rep. Jeff Dial
State Rep. Debbie McCune-Davis
State Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai
State Rep. Paul Boyer
State Rep. Juan Mendez
State Rep. Doug Coleman
State Rep. Darin Mitchell
State Rep. Juan Escamilla
State Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon

Revisit and Approve AZ HB2648- HB2521 (New bill number for the new year)

    1. Petition by

      Dotti Ratzlaff

      Phoenix, AZ

This bill, if passed into law, would reinstate incentives for inmates to earn early release credits for good behavior. Early release incentives are a very strong motivator for good behavior and that inmate's willingness to comply is often predictive of how he will perform upon release.
Currently, inmates must serve 85% of their sentences regardless of whether they were convicted of a nonviolent crime, regardless of whether it was first offense, and regardless of whether they have been a model prisoner.
This bill would allow inmates with a nonviolent, non-dangerous conviction to earn reduced time down to 66% of their sentence for good behavior and approved program participation, with the remainder of their sentence being spent under community supervision after release. Most inmates are going to be released eventually, but the evidence shows that they have a much better chance of successful reentry with a longer community supervision period that helps them remain stabilized and stay on track after release.

Taxpayers annual cost to imprison one person in Arizona is approximately $22,800. With over 40,000 inmates currently incarcerated in the state, almost a billion dollars is being spent at a time when states are struggling, and failing, to balance their budgets. In the end, it is the taxpayer that suffers the most. Something has to be done. Changes have to be made. HB2648 offers part of the solution. If only 5% of the eligible inmates qualified for early release under the bill, taxpayers would save in excess of 45 million dollars per year!
Furthermore, as demonstrated by their qualification for release, these individuals have shown that they are prepared to reenter their communities as productive, tax paying members of society.

The individuals that sign with their electronic signatures respectfully request Arizona legislators to revisit and approve HB2648. We urge you to give this bill the attention it merits at the upcoming legislative session.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. 2012 Bill Number is 2521

      Dotti  Ratzlaff
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all!
      Just wanted to let everyone know about the new bill number :)
      AZ HB2521

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Contact Horizon and other media

      Dotti  Ratzlaff
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone! Thank you for all the work getting the signatures. I recently emailed Cecil Ash asking if he would be appearing on the Horizon television show again this year. He said he would if invited on to the show.
      We can call Horizon at (602) 496-2308 to let them know that we would like to see him appear and discuss this bill on the show soon!
      Thank you!

      by e-mail:

      by telephone:
      (602) 496-2308

      or by mail:
      Eight, Arizona PBS, ASU
      555 N. Central Ave. Suite 500
      Phoenix, AZ 85004-1252

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Please tell everyone you know.

      Dotti  Ratzlaff
      Petition Organizer

      We really need this bill to be passed. We need to contact Cecil Ash and the other representatives of Arizona. Cecil's phone number is attached to this petition. It's also very easy to google Arizona Representatives to get their contact information. Please let everyone know about this petition. 5000 signatures is going to take much work.
      Thank you everyone.

      The link should take you to a page of contact information.

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago


    • Kristina Reynolds GILBERT, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe we need to give people a second chance and in that same breathe...we need to start finding raise to reduce our states expenditures. This is a great way to do both. REWARD good behavior!

    • amanda marquez YUMA, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      my fiancé is serving a sentence of 6.75 years and I need him home <3

    • Iris Madrid TUCSON, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because my husband is a great man, husband and father. and for a non vilent crime he is serving 85% of his time. and we really need him back!

    • verenice vega YUMA, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because my love one got sentence to 5 years with no priors no bad record and I would wanna see him return home soon


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