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 […]

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 […]

Bill Montgomery, Guest Contributor Note: This article originally appeared in The Hill July 14, 2017 http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/crime/342091-congress-should-just-say-no-to-rohrabacher-blumenauer-amendment The federal government once took a stand against illegal drugs and even condemned their harmful effects in the 1980s. They urged the public to “just say no” to drug use and you may remember the […]

17 Counts of Sex Trafficking: 196 Years in Prison January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and to illustrate the seriousness of these crimes, and the penalties they carry, we’d like to highlight a recent prosecution. Leon Jerome Daniels (03/24/1987) was sentenced on July 1, 2016 for 17 counts related to […]