Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award

Recognizing that criminal law prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public’s interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism. (Award established 3/17/06)

2021 Recipient

Kent Volkmer went from a private practice representing clients in civil, criminal, dependency, divorce, juvenile, guardianship, mental health, and probate matters to the elected leader of the Pinal County Attorney’s Office with the promise to create a system of individualized justice and to treat all people with fairness and respect. Since taking office in January of 2017, Kent has helped lead Pinal County to a significant reduction in the number of people annually placed in jail and sentenced to prison, while simultaneously seeing a dramatic, year over year, reduction in crime. By assessing the person, not the crime, eliminating the one size fits all justice system mantra, and ensuring the consequences are proportionate to the offense, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Kent, has become a state leader in the fight to be smarter on crime. By collaborating with the county’s criminal justice partners, Kent has demonstrated that a collaborative, logic-based approach to assessing and addressing crime leaves a community both safer and stronger.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk
2013 Hon. Randall M. Howe
Hon. Kent Cattani
2014 Theodore Campagnolo  
2015 Kellie L. Johnson
2016 James Alan Goodwin
2017 Hon. John S. Leonardo
2018 Kimberly H. Ortiz
2019 Ryan P. Green
2020 Bill R. Hughes
2021 Kent Volkmer
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