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Public Testimony on Crime Bill
I’m proud to say that Senate Bill 54 has passed out of the Judiciary committee. Thankyou for all those who called in and tuned last week in House Judiciary. If you missed the opportunity to testify there is one last chance to be heard.
The House Finance Committee will meet tonight to accept public testimony on Senate Bill 54, a bill about making additional reforms to Alaska’s criminal justice system. During this meeting public testimony will be heard from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The call in numbers are 907-563-9085 in Anchorage, 907-586-9085 in Juneau, and 844-586-9085 toll-free (this number only works outside of Anchorage and Juneau). If you are in Bethel you can also go to the Bethel LIO to provide public testimony, thanks to Team 38 staffer Ben Anderson-Agimuk.
Senate Bill 54 builds on the work of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, which began work in 2014, to use current data and best practices to generate recommendations for the Alaska Legislature to address Alaska’s high recidivism rate. Many of the recommendations were implemented through passage of Senate Bill 91 last year with a goal of increasing the effectiveness of Alaska’s public safety dollars by reinvesting them in ways proven to reduce criminal recidivism.
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