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Stiff Adoption Scheme Term Sought for Arizona ex-politician

Arizona prosecutors are seeking the stiffest possible prison sentence for a former metro Phoenix politician convicted in an illegal adoption scheme ? one that could land him behind bars for as many as 18 years. The prosecutors have not publicly disclosed precisely how many years in prison they will seek for Paul Peterson, a Republican […]
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Report lists economic benefits of early prison release

A report detailing economic benefits of proposed expanded earned release credits gives a look into a possible new middle ground in the debate on revamping Arizona?s prison system. The report by Rounds Consulting Group analyzed the earned release credits proposal in the 2020 Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety Act ballot initiative, which didn?t make […]
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House passes bill to require convictions before seizing assets

Property rights and criminal justice reform advocates are a step closer to achieving their elusive goal of requiring law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to get a conviction before permanently seizing property allegedly connected to a crime. The state House of Representatives passed?House Bill 2810?by a vote of 57-2 on Wednesday, with every Republican and most […]
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Amended Arizona Sports Betting Legislation Passes Senate Committee with Historic Horse Racing Bill

Arizona?lawmakers advanced sports betting legislation Tuesday after attaching it to a historic horse racing bill, creating a potential political minefield that jeopardizes the entire package. The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee was set to discuss standalone historic horse racing and sports betting bills at its Tuesday?s meeting. Instead, Republican Committee Chair David Gowan passed over the […]
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Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa County assessor for six years and […]
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The Right on Crime Team

Derek M. Cohen, Ph.D.?is Director of Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Cohen graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. He went on to complete an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he also recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation on the long-term […]
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Adoption lawyer gets 6 years

Adoption attorney Paul Petersen on Tuesday was sentenced in federal court for running a human trafficking ring in which he paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the United States and give up their babies for adoption. Petersen, of Mesa, Ariz., received a prison sentence of six years and two months. He […]
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