Arizona Criminal Penalties Amendment, (2014)

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An Arizona Criminal Penalties Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Arizona as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have modified the criminal sentencing scheme by eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing, not allowing sentences to be based on prior crime or conduct and making sentences commensurate with the crime and age of the person. Specifically, it would have allowed full pardons or commutations of sentences by the U.S. President or the Governor, upon the concurrence of any 10 state legislators or upon the filing of 100,000 signatures of Arizona citizens. It would have prohibited several features from being considered when assessing sentences, such as the involvement of another person, behavior before, during or after the criminal action and behavior that precipitated from any active facilitation of criminal conduct by law enforcement. Criminal acts committed by people who did not know and should not have known that the conduct was a crime and people who had already received and served a sentence in another jurisdiction outside of Arizona for the same crime would have been exempt from punishment. It would have ended parole and community supervision, but permitted supervised probation if there was clear and convincing evidence that the person had a propensity for future criminal conduct. It would have, however, still allowed work release or home detention with GPS monitoring. It would have established restraints on the use of plea agreements, and would have automatically erased criminal records and restored civil rights on an established timeline after a criminal sentence.[1][2][3]


The measure was being applied for by Janice Salerno, in conjunction with Fox Petitions. Salerno and Fox Petitions also sponsored Arizona Ineffective Laws Elimination Amendment (2014).[1]

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See also: Amending the Arizona Constitution

Supporters had to collect at least 259,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014, if the measure was to appear on the 2014 ballot. No signatures were submitted for the measure.[4]

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