Gov. Doug Ducey met with members of the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday to discuss criminal justice reform.
Among the Cardinals members joining Ducey were team president Michael Bidwill and players Tre Boston, Antoine Bethea and Corey Peters.
Ducey commented on the meeting in a tweet saying he was grateful for the productive conversation with Boston, Bethea and Peters.
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He said they will continue to build on Arizona's "efforts to reduce the prison population, offer job training to released offenders and provide a real second chance."
According to Daniel Ruiz II, Ducey's senior advisor for communications and policy strategy, the governor has prioritized reforms over the last four years to reduce the prison population and the rate of recidivism.
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He said Ducey has focused on solutions that will help individuals both outside and inside Arizona's prison system, including second chance centers to provide job training, substance abuse treatment and expanding inmate firefighting crews.
"We've made progress, seeing a 10 percent drop in released inmates going back to prison on technical violations, and experiencing one of the largest drops in the number of inmates in our prisons since 1974," said Ruiz in a statement. "But there’s more work to be done, and the governor is grateful to the Cardinals for their interest in continued reforms."
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