Arizona Town Hall is holding an interactive event March 26 looking for ways to improve the state's criminal justice system, following a statewide series of discussions of the topic last year.
The meeting will begin 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at Yuma Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, and is expected to end around 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and include lunch. Attendees are asked to register ahead of the event at http://www.aztownhall.org/event-3244197 or by calling 602-252-9600.
Discussions about the findings and recommendations from November's statewide town hall in Phoenix will be led by a panel, while they and attendees will dig into details specific to Yuma County.
Scheduled program presenters include:
• Michael Breeze, Public Defender, Yuma County
• Paul Brierley, Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture
• Linda Elliott-Nelson, Vice President for Learning Services, Arizona Western College
• Lance Hetmer, Warden, ASPC - Yuma, Arizona Department of Corrections
• Sandi Hoppough, Chief Probation Officer, Yuma County Adult Probation
• Tara Jackson, President, Arizona Town Hall
• Shelley Mellon, Owner & Broker, R.L. Jones Insurance Services
A Southwest Arizona Town Hall on criminal justice was held in Yuma last October, and its results were included in the final report released at the end of 2018.
Actions recommended for improvement of the local criminal justice system included improving access to assistance programs for at-risk children and adults and community outreach to build support and participation for these programs.
The state Legislature was also asked to reconsider current mandatory minimum sentences and accessibility to the justice system.