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Nonviolent offenses had the most significant percentage reduction while the number of people charged with violent crimes increased.

According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, federal arrests declined by 35 percent from fiscal year 2020 to 2021, ending at the lowest number of arrests in two decades - but the number of people charged with a federal offense decreased less than 1 percent.  Read more»

Juan Arjón López in one of the photos uploaded by Notiface, the Facebook news outlet run by his dear friend Jesús Gutierrez, when he went missing on Aug. 9.

Sonoran journalist Juan Arjón, killed in August, has been the subject of a misinformation campaign, former colleagues said, blaming city officials in San Luis Río Colorado, the Mexican border town where they worked. Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters. Read more»

Juan Arjón López en una de las fotos subidas por Notiface, el medio de noticias de Facebook dirigido por su querido amigo Jesús Gutiérrez, cuando desapareció el 9 de agosto.

El periodista sonorense Juan Arjón, asesinado en agosto, ha sido objeto de una campaña de desinformación, dijeron ex-colegas, culpando a los funcionarios de la ciudad de San Luis Río Colorado, la ciudad fronteriza donde trabajaban. México es uno de los países más peligrosos para los reporteros. Read more»

George Ybarra mientras servía en el Cuerpo de Marines de los EE. UU. y cargaba a su primer hijo, George Jr.

A pesar de su servicio militar y la clara prueba de que George Ybarra era ciudadano del país por el que luchó, funcionarios estadounidenses desafiaron repetidamente su derecho a estar en el país, deportandolo una vez e intendando hacerlo una decada después. Ybarra murió la semana pasada, poco después de ganar su caso de inmigración. Read more»

George Ybarra while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and holding his first child, George Jr.

Despite military service and clear documentation that George Ybarra was a citizen of the country he fought for, U.S. officials repeatedly challenged his right to be in the country, deporting him once and attempting to do so again a decade later. Ybarra was killed last week, not long after finally winning his immigration case. Read more»

Civil rights organizations and researchers have shown that charges for marijuana possession disproportionately affect Black and brown communities.

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession and said he plans to call on governors to follow suit with state offenses related to simple marijuana possession. Read more»

Dr. Francisco Garcia, the chief medical officer for Pima County, talks about the Health Department's leading role in deciding how a $48.5 million settlement from a national opioid lawsuit will be spent over the next 18 years.

$48.5 million from an opioid settlement to be paid out through the next 18 years will help Pima County efforts to prevent overdoses from fentanyl and other drugs, and raise awareness about free Narcan available to the public. Read more»

A member of the National Guard working at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales in 2018.

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 27 months in prison for illegally buying at least 82 firearms from more than a dozen gun stores across Arizona and re-selling the weapons, including one linked to a murder in Mexico. Read more»

Products that contain delta-8 THC are sold online and at bars and retailers across much of the U.S., including some places where pot remains illegal.

At least a dozen states, some which have legalized marijuana, have banned hemp-derived delta-8 — typically produced by dissolving CBD in solvents — with national poison control centers receiving more than 2,300 delta-8 cases. Read more»

A sign on the fence at the temporary homeless camp site near downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix residents and business owners are suing the city over what they claim is a public health crisis in their neighborhood - seeking a declaration that homeless encampments on city property in a downtown area near shelters are a public nuisance. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection officers after the January 2019 seizure of 650 pounds of fentanyl and methamphetamines in Nogales. Experts say an increase in the availability of such deadly drugs, combined with the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, led to historic levels of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2020.

For too long, we've played politics with the public health threat of fentanyl. It's time we addressed it with science-based solutions and raised awareness that cuts through the political talking points. Read more»

A woman driving near Gila Bend was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they discovered more than 120 lbs. of meth worth an estimated $181,000 in her minivan, authorities said. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent on a hill in 2018

Selene Marie Camacho was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after she pleaded guilty in July 2021 telling the court she worked as a courier for a drug smuggling organization, retrieving drugs smuggled into the U.S. on foot. Read more»

Treatment locators not only need to maintain accurate information, but also should alter their models to allow people to do everything in one place: learn about addiction, research treatment providers, and enroll in care seamlessly.

The website launched in 2019 to help hundreds of thousands of Americans affected by addiction has critical flaws - inaccurate information, lack of filtering options, and little guidance on how to identify high-quality treatment - that are overdue for attention. Read more»

In an effort to combat what it said were misperceptions about its policy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to help those suffering from substance use disorders. Read more»

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