News from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office February 2020
2020 is off to a great start! Our employees have been part of some important events to help make a difference in our community.
In January, I announced changes to the County Attorney’s Office Felony Diversion Program. In an effort to help more people gain access to treatment, and avoid felony prosecution in low-level and non-violent crimes, I directed this office to stop collecting a $630 fee required of participants. We also announced a new organization would be treating those in the program and their treatment would be based on an individual’s needs.
Last month, we hosted a Red Sand Event to commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness Month. With a symbolic pouring of red sand into the cracks of the walkway in front of our office building, we marked our commitment to create greater awareness and help victims who often fall through the cracks. Human trafficking is an intimidating topic but with education it is something we can all take part in preventing.
For the fourth year in a row, MCAO was part of the Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life youth conference. Held at Grand Canyon University, this event brings in thousands of students and teachers from dozens of schools to talk about the struggles kids face such as bullying, substance abuse and depression This event encourages students to stand up and intervene to help someone in need.
As always, I am deeply honored to serve as your County Attorney.