In Arizona, a prosecutor can charge a defendant as a “repeat offender,” even if he or she hasn’t appeared in court before. Their “repeat” offense could have taken place during the same day.
This means that the punishment distributed by the court is often disproportionate to the crime, which leads to overcrowded prisons, a heavier burden on taxpayers, and a massive waste of human potential.
SB 1334 would ensure that defendants can be classified as repeat offenders only if they have been convicted of a felony. That way, the most serious punishments are given only for the most serious offenses.
Urge your lawmakers to support SB 1334.