Rabel Rouzer: Sheriff Napier Must Account For The Death Of David Maxwell

On February 14, 2019, David Maxwell, a 53-year-old Black man, was killed by a Pima County Correctional Officer while awaiting trial. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation but there is a lot Chief Gwaltney, the jail administrator, and Sheriff Napier already know about Mr. Maxwell’s death. In […]

Rabel-Rouzer: How pretrial detention became a death sentence in Pima County, Arizona

    Pretrial detention should not be a death sentence   Video initial appearances are held twice daily at the Pima County Adult Detention Center. Once in the morning and once in the evening. In January of 2018, David Ray Maxwell, a then 52-year-old Black man,  appeared on video before […]

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Rabel-Rouzer: No Color-Blind Justice In A White Legal System

  Courts have stolen almost 10,000 years from Black people wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated. This figure represents only known cases of wrongful convictions. The actual number is likely much higher. Source: National Registry of Exonerations Articles published on racism in the American legal system  eventually reach the […]

Demand a Bail Reduction Hearing!

Demand a bail reduction hearing! In April 2017, The Arizona Supreme Court adopted a rule change regarding pretrial release and bail (Ariz. Rules Crim. Pro. 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3). The Court said all persons charged with a crime but not yet convicted are presumed innocent and must be released pending […]

Bail Bond too High? Let’s Talk!

Bail bond too high? Let’s talk… TSCCBF is committed to finding local community resources to help defendants being held on high pretrial bail bonds get released. At the same time, the Arizona Supreme Court is urging trial courts to end the use of money bail. Earlier this year we added […]