OPINION: Answers to your questions about public safety

Why has crime increased in Alaska? Three of the biggest drivers are the opioid epidemic, the ongoing recession and multiple years of cuts to law enforcement (both on the street and in the courtroom). How much is because of each of those, and how much is because of state policy, I just don’t know. As far as I’ve seen, no one can say for sure.

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Rep. Grenn’s November 9th Newsletter: Criminal Justice Reform and AK LNG Update

Protecting Alaskans and keeping our communities safe is perhaps the primary obligation of our government. The past few months, I’ve spent an enormous amount of time learning about the different facets of crime, and how it affects our state, meeting with everyone from prosecutors, law enforcement, business owners, and victims of crimes. I was pleased to be in Juneau the last two weeks fighting for legislation that can be part of the solution to help stop the recent uptick in criminal activity.

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Rep. Wool’s November 8th Newsletter: Crime Reform Bill Passes in the House

Late Monday night around midnight the House passed SB 54, which was designed to fix SB 91, the crime and sentencing reform omnibus bill passed by the Legislature in 2016. I am glad that SB 91 was passed and for the most part it does what it was supposed to do. Although, in some areas we may have gone a bit too far. Overall, I believe that these bills will reduce crime and make Alaska a safer place.

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Rep. Tuck’s November 7th Newsletter: Making Urgent Changes to the SB 91 Crime Bill

Early this morning at 1:00 am, the House passed Senate Bill 54 making necessary fixes to Senate Bill 91, the previous crime reform bill. Making Alaska a safer place to live is my number one priority. SB 54 represents an urgent response to the recent spike in criminal activity by being smarter and tougher on crime.

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