Last month, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council (APAAC) released the 2017 Prisoners in Arizona Report. The report calculates that 95% of those currently incarcerated are violent and/or repeat offenders. Only 5% are non-violent offenders; but keep in mind, non-violent offenders includes drug trafficking, sex offenses and child pornography, to […]

By Bill Montgomery This article was originally published in the Arizona Republic on February 23, 2018 https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2018/02/23/arizona-3-years-stop-recidivism-keep-inmates-out-prison/355096002/ County attorney: Arizona inmates serve, on average, three years – and in many cases, we don’t even have that long to reduce their likelihood of returning to prison. How one city or town addresses […]

A version of this article appeared in the Arizona Republic on November 27, 2017 Prosecutor: Why Arizona still needs the death penalty Opinion, Bill Montgomery https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2017/11/27/arizona-still-needs-death-penalty-prosecutor-says/886364001/ In a coordinated campaign, death penalty opponents submitted nearly identical editorials in major publications across the US seeking to persuade the United States Supreme […]

The following article by County Attorney Bill Montgomery appeared in The Hill on November 15, 2017 http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/360520-we-have-no-standard-for-measuring-recidivism In recent years, federal legislation aimed at reforming the criminal justice system, such as the Sentencing Reform Act and Corrections Act, has not passed Congress despite having bipartisan support. Numerous states have also […]