NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.

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Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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Tarr’s Times: Community Dialogue TOMORROW, Legislator of the Year Award, and Mountain View’s Thanksgiving Blessing

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, join Senator Begich and me for a community discussion on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and our communities. The principles of restorative justice, whether used in schools or the courts, are grounded in the traditional practices of indigenous cultures to value respect, compassion, dignity, and inclusion for all members of the community.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr and Sen. Begich to Host 3rd Annual Restorative Justice Summit

Public Invited to Attend a Community Forum Thursday Night in Anchorage Anchorage – In 2017, the Alaska Office of Children’s Services received 50 reports of child abuse a day. Additionally, a study of adverse childhood experiences determined that childhood trauma is far more common and more expensive, than previously realized both nationally and in Alaska. …

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Tarr’s Times: Happy Thanksgiving! Community Gathering on Restorative Justice 11/29, Events You Might Have Missed, and Upcoming Community Council Meetings!

I hope everyone has a restful time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for my many blessings, including the opportunity to serve our area for two more years. I try to take time everyday to be thankful and also to think of those less fortunate. In the coming year, I hope to do more than ever to create positive change to improve the lives of our neighbors who are struggling. The opportunity to do this work is yet another blessing and I look forward to working with all of you on this shared goal.

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