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, Kourtney talks about how she 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 FAQ’s


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

There is no specific timetable for this program. Diversion is completed once all requirements are fulfilled. The length of the program will be determined by the requirements deemed necessary.

This self-pay program is at the defendant’s expense. Program fees are determined at intake based on federal guidelines.

Upon successful completion of the program, the charges will be dismissed resulting in no criminal conviction.

Offenders are held accountable for their actions, but are also given the opportunity to correct negative behavior associated with criminal activity.

Failure to complete Diversion generally results in resumption of prosecution of the alleged offense(s).

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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 […]

Scam Alert!

Florence, Arizona – The Pinal County Elections Department has heard from some voters about receiving calls to correct early ballot signatures and asking for your Social Security Number. The elections department does not ask for an SSN when they contact voters about mismatched signatures on early ballots. If you are a Pinal County voter and […]

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’ […]

Pinal County Diversion Program reports a 13% Increase in Participation in 2019

Last year, the Pinal County Diversion program served 529 people in 2019, giving those participants a chance to work through the program as a means to avoiding a costly trial and jail time. Under this program, a defendant enters a formal agreement that includes his/her admission to the crime and the defendant’s promise to abide […]

Pinal County Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors, Prescribers, and Dispensers, Files in State Court for Damages to Pinal County

Pinal County—The Pinal County Attorney’s Office released the following statement related to the County filing a state court lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers, distributors, prescribers and dispensers. “Today, Pinal County filed a lawsuit in Pinal County Superior Court seeking damages for the societal and financial harm it has suffered at the hands of those responsible […]