Criminal Justice Response
Crime is increasing in Alaska communities. The Senate Majority responded with multiple laws giving law enforcement and courts the resources they need to hold offenders accountable and support victims.
UPDATE 5/11/18: Substantial criminal justice changes were passed by the Senate on May 10 and confirmed by the House on May 11, 2018. These changes target the 'Catch-and-Release' revolving door problem.
Specifically, the Senate measures:
- Double possible jail time for C Felonies (SB54, passed November 2017) C class felonies include serious theft like cars, serious assaults, and many sex crimes.
- Update pre-trial release decision factors to explicitly include out-of-state criminal charges and convictions. Bad actors can't come to Alaska and expect a clean slate. (HB312, passed May 2018)
- Toughen pre-trial sanctions for C Felonies. (HB312)
- Increase jail time for offenses against uniformed first responders (SB54)
- Add jail time to available sanctions for those who violate conditions of pre-trial release. (SB54)
- Include jail time for use as a deterrent against repeat petty thieves. (SB54) "Petty" means less than $250, all others already face jail time.
- Strengthen probation minimums for felony sex offenders based on the severity of the original offense. (SB54)
- Boost jail time for repeat misdemeanor offenders (SB54)
- Enhance access to substance abuse treatment for all offenders (SB54)
- Provide stiffer penalties and immediate arrest for those who target on-duty healthcare providers (HB312)
- Double the court surcharges for those convicted of misdemeanors and felonies . (HB312)
- Require additional sexual assault training for police officers and improve reporting processes (HB31, passed May 2018)
- Prioritize victim restitution through the Restorative Justice Account (HB216, passed April 2017)
- Increase protections for vulnerable family members by recognizing protective orders from other jurisdictions. (SB55, passed June 2017)
- Expand access for minors to the ASAP alcohol treatment program (SB55)
- Require an inventory of all untested sexual assault examination kits (SB55)
- Commit $2.5 million to tackle the state's backlog of untested rape kits (SB142, passed May 2018)
- Provide $2 million for crime response and prevention, including drug interdiction, by the Anchorage Police Department (SB142)
- Deliver $2 million for crime response and prevention to the Department of Public Safety (Troopers) to benefit communities statewide. (SB142)
- Provide $100,000 for gas, decals, lights and radios for Anchorage-area community patrols.(SB142)
- Designate $75,000 to support Neighborhood Watch programs statewide (SB142)
- Allocate $12 million to hire & retrain new troopers through the Senate operating budget
The Senate pushed back on the opioid and drug crisis by:
- Listing Tramadol and Pink as controlled substances (SB54)
- Allowing the Attorney General to list new, emerging drugs quickly using a streamlined emergency regulation process (HB312)
- Providing for the immediate administration of Naloxone under standing orders from the state Chief Medical Officer
- Reducing the allowable amount of opioids in initial prescriptions (HB159, passed June 2017)
- Requiring healthcare professionals who prescribe opioids to stay current on best practices regarding opioid use (HB159)
- Upgrading the opioid tracking database and requiring full pharmacist participation (HB159)
- Applying opioid database registration to veterinarians (HB159)
- Creating pharmacist “report cards” to gauge their practices versus industry standards of care (HB159)
- Increasing jail time for C Felony drug possession (SB54) and increasing judicial discretion to hold offenders pre-trial (HB312, SB54)
- Providing $2 million for crime response and prevention, including drug interdiction, by the Anchorage Police Department (SB142)
- Allocating $2 million for crime response and prevention to the Department of Public Safety (Troopers) to benefit communities statewide. (SB142)
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