Dunleavy’s ‘War on Criminals’ Will Be Costly

Anchorage Daily News — “Gov. Mike Dunleavy vowed a “war on criminals.” This week, state legislators learned that war will cost the state at least $43 million per year in additional spending, and likely much more.” “This exceeds the department’s current capacity. It is anticipated that substantial additional funds will… Read More

Public Safety Officials Have Positive Report For Legislators

Frontiersman — Crime in Alaska continued its dismal upswing in 2017, state public safety officials told legislators in Juneau Feb. 5, but an encouraging new development is that fewer released offenders, for more serious crimes, are having to be returned to prison. A sharp decline in “recidivism,” or going back… Read More

After Peak, APD Says Car Thefts Are Declining

Alaska Public Media — Police officials in Anchorage say the rate of car thefts in the city has dropped dramatically after hitting a peak in 2017. According to data from the Anchorage Police Department, that year 3,122 vehicles were stolen. For a city with around 294,000 people, that is slightly more… Read More

SB 91’s Pretrial Reforms Keep Alaskans Safe

This piece was also published in the Anchorage Daily News on January 24, 2019. Since the passage of Senate Bill 91, communities across Alaska have been engaged in an important and ongoing conversation about how safety and justice can coexist. The pretrial reforms enacted in the bill led to an… Read More

Facing facts and correcting myths about Senate Bill 91

Anchorage Daily News – Passing criminal justice reform is a bit like painting a house: Sometimes, another coat or two of paint may be needed in a few spots. This is the case with Alaska and Senate Bill 91, which has been clarified during the past two legislative sessions but remains… Read More

Can Alaska learn from Norway’s ‘radically humane’ prisons?

Anchorage Daily News — At the end of September, six Alaska state officials — including the two top ranking lawmakers and the head of the Alaska Department of Corrections — spent a week touring Norway’s prisons to see if the country’s “radically humane” approach to incarceration might hold lessons for Alaska’s… Read More

Let’s not jeopardize common-sense criminal justice reforms

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner by Greg Razo — For far too long, Alaska relied on a corrections and prisoner-rehabilitation approach that was unsustainable. This was evidenced by swelling prison rolls and alarming rates of recidivism that came at significant state expense. In 2016, in an effort to mitigate these trends, The Alaska Legislature… Read More