NEWS: Rep. Claman Chosen as the New Chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission

Rep. Claman Looks Forward to Working to Improve Public Safety in Alaska

Anchorage – Today, Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) was chosen as the new Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Rep. Claman takes over for Greg Razo who serves as the Vice President for Government Relations with the regional native corporation CIRI. Razo will continue to serve on the commission in a seat reserved for a representative from the Alaska Native community.  Rep. Claman has served as a non-voting member of the 13-member commission since 2017.

“I consider it an honor to be chosen to serve as the chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, and I am proud of the work of this commission. We have analyzed the rising costs in our corrections system and made common-sense recommendations to improve criminal justice in Alaska. These recommendations will help us make wise use of our public safety resources while reducing crime and recidivism rates. I look forward to continuing the work to improve public safety in Alaska.”

The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission was created in 2014 to evaluate criminal justice in Alaska and to make recommendations to the Alaska Legislature and the Governor on how to improve the system. As chair of the commission, Rep. Claman will be tasked with presiding over commission meetings, setting meeting agendas, and helping prepare commission reports.

“Crime in Alaska is complex, the solutions are complicated, and the path is long. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission plays an important role in working together for solutions to these everyday challenges,” said Rep. Claman.

Matt Claman is a practicing attorney and has served in the Alaska House of Representatives since 2015.

For more information, please contact Susanne DiPietro with the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission at (907) 279-2526, ext. 10, or Sara Perman in Rep. Claman’s office at (907) 269-0130.