The presumed victor of the race for Pima County attorney, whose platform focused on criminal justice reform, told Arizona 360 she sees her outsider status as a benefit when she takes office next year. Defense attorney Laura Conover runs unopposed this November and easily won her Democratic primary against two other candidates who currently work for the office. Arizona 360 learned more about how Conover plans to approach the role of Pima County’s top prosecutor, especially how she will handle drug-related cases.
“We have long known that we cannot rush to prosecute our way out of drug addiction and mental illness,” Conover said. “And when we choose treatment instead of jail at one-third of the cost, we’ve reframed that $40 million budget and we have the resources in play to go after those who are actually harming our community.”