Youth Engagement

ANTI-DRUG POSTER CONTEST

The Pinal County Attorney's Office partners with schools across Pinal County each year to sponsor an anti-drug poster contest. The contest usually draws between 400-800 entries and involves roughly two dozen schools. It is our goal to help youth understand the dangers of drugs. The students are encouraged to come up with creative slogans and pictures illustrating their message.

The submissions are then whittled down to the top 40. Three Pinal County Judges choose the top ten and then the top three winning posters.  Those judges are Judge Joseph R. Georgini, Superior Court Presiding Judge; Judge Kevin White, Superior Court Associate Presiding Judge and Judge Daniel Washburn, Presiding Juvenile Judge.  The top ten join Mr. Kent Volkmer for a group photo at the Superior Courthouse, which includes a tour, a tour of the jail and then lunch.  The third place winner’s poster will be on bookmarks, the second place will be on spiral notebooks and the first place will be on t-shirts.  All 40 students will receive one of each of those prizes.  The first place winner’s class gets a field trip to Phoenix Science Center.

SKY IS THE LIMIT

This event is geared around 6th-8th grade girls and their favorite female companion (mom, grandma, aunt, step-mom, guardian, etc.). It is a day to come together to learn, laugh, and open up communication. The girls and their companion have the opportunity to have breakfast, take fun pictures, enter into raffle drawings, watch and listen to their classmates sing the National Anthem, and post the colors. Additionally, the girls and their companions get to do a journaling project, have a catered lunch,  learn about the dangers of sexting and texting, talk about suicide prevention,  self harm, trafficking, and how to build healthy relationships. The day wraps up with some fun singing, dancing and pictures.

SILENT WITNESS ANTI-CRIME NIGHT

This is an annual event held in Casa Grande that allows the community to interact with law enforcement and other partner agencies. There are dozens of booths setup that allow for families to interact, ask questions and play fun games. The event allows for kids of all ages to seek out prizes, while learning more about the agencies involved in the event. The Pinal County Attorney's Office also disseminates useful information at this event, including on topics such as bullying and teen dating abuse.

G.A.I.N  (Getting Arizonans Involved in Neighborhoods)

G.A.I.N is an opportunity for communities to come together and get to know each other. The event takes place generally in the Fall and is a nationwide crime prevention celebration. Attendees can interact with law enforcement and also receive crime prevention tips and information. The effort is aimed at strengthening community bonds and ensuring residents know what resources are available to them. G.A.I.N most recently took place in Coolidge in October 2021.

Trunk or Treat

One of our favorite times of the year! As temperatures fall, our annual Trunk or Treat gives an excellent opportunity to engage with our youngest community members. These events are coordinated in partnership with the Arizona City Fire District as well as the Town of Florence. This provides a safe place for kids and families to enjoy the Halloween festivities.

Oracle Arizona Adds A New Little Free Pantry

Have you heard of a Little Free Pantry? The Oracle Fire District and several volunteers are excited to open the first one in Pinal County. Located at the Oracle, AZ Community Center, organizers hope that those in need will be able to find food, toiletries, and pet supplies that they are unable to purchase for themselves during these difficult times. The pantry is entirely free and stocked by members of the community. If you'd like to learn more about creating a pantry, visit littlefreepantry.org

Sky is the Limit

San Tan Valley, Arizona - The Pinal County Attorney's Office in partnership with the Florence Unified School District, United Way, Compassion Care Center, Girl Scouts USA, and Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation was proud to host more than 35 sixth to eighth-grade girls and their mothers at Poston Butte Highschool to take part in this years' "Sky is the Limit" event.

Each participant was able to spend the Saturday with their mother designing their craft journals and listening to local experts talk about issues every teen should consider. It is an event designed to open the lines of communication between teens and their parents so that everyone is better prepared to react when issues arise in their lives.

To learn more about Sky is the Limit watch this video below:

Why PCAO will have a presence at the 54th legislative session

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Arizona legislature held its opening ceremony.  Arizona Representative (R) David Cook invited both Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb to the 54th legislative session.  During the ceremony, Governor Doug Ducey made his fifth State of the State speech to attendees.

We will have representatives from Pinal County Attorney's Office at Arizona's 54th Legislative session to listen and answer questions on laws that may have an impact on Pinal County.  We asked County Attorney Kent Volkmer to explain why it is important for PCAO to have a presence during the 2019 legislative session.

 

Diversion

Make a Diversion payment on the Pinal County Diversion Payment Portal.

At the discretion of the County Attorney, a defendant may participate in the PCAO Adult Diversion Program.  This program is administered pursuant to A.R.S. § 11-361 et seq. and is subject to individual eligibility criteria.

In this video, Jarrett talks about how he ended up in PCAO's Diversion Program

Under this program, a defendant enters a formal agreement that includes his/her admission to the crime and the defendant’s promise to abide by all program requirements. Diversion typically begins before formal legal proceedings commence. Diversion benefits the State and victims by resolving cases in a prompt and efficient manner, saving both time and public funds. Additionally, defendants  are more likely to successfully complete diversion programs and have lower recidivism rates than those sentenced to probation or prison. Before a defendant begins Diversion, PCAO calls the victim to discuss the matter. Court proceedings are suspended during participation in Diversion, except for occasional review hearings to confirm the defendant’s progress and compliance with program requirements. Successful completion results in dismissal of the charge(s) and no further prosecution of that matter; while failure to complete Diversion generally results in resumption of the criminal court proceedings and prosecution of the alleged offense(s).

Diversion Flowchart


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