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Congressperson Raúl Grijalva, AZ 3rd District
Mayor Regina Romero, City of Tucson
Late Richard Elías, former Chairperson of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5
The Honorable Stanley Feldman, Retired Chief Justice Arizona Supreme Court
The Honorable John Leonardo, retired Superior Court Judge & U.S. Attorney for Arizona under President Barack Obama
Nina Trasoff, former Vice-Mayor, City of Tucson
Charlene Fernandez, Minority Leader, Arizona House of Representatives
Representative Andrés Cano, LD3
Adelita Grijalva, TUSD Board Member
Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, District 3
Pima County Constable Joe Ferguson, Precinct 9
Sierra Club
Arizona List
Pima Area Labor Federation (PALF), AFL - CIO
AFSCME: American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees
Pima County Sheriff Deputies Association
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona
Las Adelitas
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce
Sunrise Tucson
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The Pima County Attorney manages a number of divisions tasked with keeping our community Safe and Sound.

The County Attorney’s office historically devotes too many resources to aggressive law enforcement for low-level crimes and has pursued felony prosecution of non-violent offenders at historic and alarming rates.

We are less safe because of this agenda. Ensuring our safety requires sound policy and sound leadership. 

This is the year we can make responsible changes to make the Pima County Attorney’s office more efficient, effective, and focused on better outcomes for our community.

Here is why change is so critical:

In 2019, the Pima County Attorney is estimated to have filed more than 6,800 felony cases; a record breaking high number.

This is concerning on a number of levels. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Pima County has recently experienced a significant reduction in violent crimes. The explanation for this explosion in felony filings is, in part, the Pima County Attorney’s continued focus on prosecuting low level, non-violent drug offenders.

When we look closely at these huge numbers of drug prosecutions, we see that most of them are not directed at organized drug traffickers, just individuals possessing tiny amounts of drugs.

  • 53% of all felony drug cases in Pima County – including charges for possession, sales, and trafficking – involved less than one gram of drugs.
  • 70% involved two grams or less.

This is the prosecution of the poor for being poor and addicts for being sick.

 


This is not sound policy.
This is not sound use of taxpayer money.
This has to end.

More than 50% of Pima County's budget goes to justice and law enforcement.

We are spending tremendous time, energy, and resources filing felony charges against low-level substance abusers who need treatment, not prison. We need to get back to the basics of law enforcement and empower our police and sheriff’s deputies to do what they do best: protect the community by going after violent criminals, abusers, and scam artists who actually harm our people.

Safe and Sound leadership requires a Pima County Attorney who can lead with humility, create partnerships, and seek consensus. If you agree, donate or join our campaign.