Arizona is the only state in the country that applies "Truth in Sentencing" to non violent offenders. There are good reasons no other state sides with Arizona on this issue. It does not work. It is both fiscally irresponsible and counter-productive to reducing the recidivism rate in Arizona.
In March of this year, Dave Wells, Ph.D., with the Grand Canyon Institute, published a meticulously documented report which not only pointed out the numerous shortcomings in the current law but also proposed a detailed solution.
His report can be viewed at the following link:
Several Arizona legislators have labored diligently to present legislative bills that would fix this problem. In fact, earlier this year, House Bill 2521 was introduced only to be stone walled by Representative David Gowan.
We must question why our legislators would block legislation which, as supported by Dave Wells' report, would save Arizona taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and reduce crime in our communities.
With each signature, we tell our representatves that we are demanding change. We tell them that this legislation is important to us. Elected officials are sworn to serve the best interest of those who elect them. It is time we held them accountable.