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Second Chances Act Ballot Initiative Fails To Clear Arizona Secretary Of State's Signature Review

A review by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office has found the signature failure rate for the Arizonans For Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety ballot initiative was too high, and the estimated total number of valid signatures did not meet the minimum threshold to make the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Second Chances, Rehabilitation, and Public Safety Act ballot initiative aims to reduce the state's prison population and make other reforms to Arizona’s criminal justice system.

Supporters of the Act say it will expand rehabilitation programs and ultimately reduce recidivism.

But on Friday, Secretary Of State Katie Hobbs announced the ballot initiative had not met the benchmarks set for a random sampling review of signatures turned in to county recorders.

Pending the outcome of court challenges against the initiative, Hobbs said there was not a sufficient number of signatures submitted for placement on the ballot in the fall.

Jimmy Jenkins was a producer and senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2014 to 2021.