Criminal Justice Reform
UPDATE 11/10/17: Additional criminal justice reform revisions were passed by the House on November 6, 2017 and confirmed by the Senate on November 10, 2017. Governor Walker signed the final 46 page version of Senate Bill 54 on November 29, 2017.
UPDATE 4/7/17: Criminal Justice Reform revisions were passed April 7th, 2017 in Senate Bill 54 >
Criminal Justice Reform Key Points
- Alaska’s prison population grew 27 percent in the last decade, nearly three times faster than the resident population
- Focuses prison beds on serious and violent offenders by diverting nonviolent misdemeanor offenders to alternatives
- Strengthens probation and parole supervision by creating a system of swift and certain sanctions to crack down on violations of supervision conditions
- Requires judges to consider a risk assessment score before releasing someone from jail pretrial
- Requires prosecutors to consult with victims before entering into plea agreements in all felony cases
- Focuses the time and resources of probation officers on offenders most likely to commit more crimes
- Focuses treatment resources on high-need offenders
- Reinvests a portion of the savings into treatment & re-entry services
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JUNEAU - Today, by a vote of 11 to 8, the Alaska Senate concurred with the House changes to Senate Bill 54 SB54 toughens Alaska criminal laws reversing some provisions of Senate Bill 91 passed...
JUNEAU – Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, released the following statement on today’s action in the Senate Rules Committee.
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JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that makes technical revisions to the criminal justice reform package passed by the Legislature in 2016...
JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday proclaiming the month of April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Alaska.
"We knew investing in treatment and victims' services was critical," said Senator John Coghill "SB 91 averts millions in future spending to allow for that reinvestment This was an...
JUNEAU – Today, members of the Senate Majority voiced their continued support for providing healthcare benefits to the families of police officers and firefighters who have lost their...
JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 91, a landmark comprehensive criminal justice reform bill Reforms implemented by the bill are aimed at improving public...
JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska State Senate passed Senate Bill 91 – a comprehensive criminal justice reform roadmap – by a vote of 16-2.
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