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October 27, 2017
Action Alert: Public Testimony on the Crime Bill
There are TWO more opportunities for you to make your voice heard on Senate Bill 54, the crime bill, which is now before the House Finance Committee:
You can participate in the following ways:
The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission
The work on ensuring public safety is never done. Levels and types of crime change because of ever-shifting conditions and we are constantly getting new and updated information on what works and what doesn’t work to combat crime. Starting in the early 2010s, Alaska started seeing a marked increase in crime spurred by increased substance abuse and the opioid epidemic, the downturn in the economy, and dramatic cuts to state and city public safety budgets.
Clearly, something needed to be done to get smart on crime. What we were doing wasn’t working. Our jail population was exploding and criminals weren’t being deterred from committing more and worse crimes.
In 2014, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 64 (SB 64) unanimously. SB 64 sought to reduce recidivism rates and reverse the trend of soaring corrections costs by balancing alternative sentencing programs and successful prisoner re-entry methods with increased public safety. Briefly, SB 64 did the following things:
The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) was comprised of 13 stakeholders, including legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, the state’s Attorney General and Public Defender, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, and members representing crime victims, Alaska Natives, and the Mental Health Trust Authority. The ACJC was charged with developing recommendations aimed at safety controlling prison and jail growth and recalibrating our correctional investments to ensure that we are achieving the best possible public safety return for our dollars.
The ACJC found that:
Stay tuned for my next newsletter identifying the ACJC’s recommendations, which lead to the passage of SB 91.
I’m here for you, so please keep in touch on matters important to you and your family!
Tuck’s Tips: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Yesterday, Governor Walker joined President Trump when he declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Tomorrow, you have an opportunity to do something locally to combat the epidemic. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency hosts a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year to help families safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications.
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The closest collection site to our neighborhood is at the Abbott Road Fred Meyer. For more locations, visit this website.
What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day allows you to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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