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:

The Senate pushed back on the opioid and drug crisis by:

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Sen. Micciche Bill Closes “Schneider Loopholes” for Sexual Assault

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Senate Passes Crime Package, Votes to End 'Catch and Release'

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Senate Pushes Back on Crime

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Senate Toughens Criminal Law

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...  Full Story >>

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Senate Provides Health Insurance for Families of Fallen Officers

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that provides for medical insurance coverage for surviving dependents of peace officers and firefighters killed in the...  Full Story >>

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Effort to Increase Public Safety Passes Senate

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