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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


September 14, 2018

In this issue:

•  Thank You for Attending the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


Thank you to all who attended the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety on Tuesday. The Forum drew over 80 people in the audience and many more online, with our live-stream receiving over 700 views so far. 


Each day and every day, people who care about our communities work to make wise use of our public safety resources and to improve public safety. The solutions are complicated and the path is long. It calls on all of us to work together as a community. Our speakers and panelists at the forum included police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, university professors, and legislators.


Effective justice reform means looking at the root causes of crime and finding evidence-based, street-tested solutions. We must focus our public safety resources on isolation for the most dangerous offenders and rehabilitation for those who can—and should— be contributing to our community.


The forum presentations and panel discussions gave us all a better understanding of where we are: both where we have been and where we are going. Each day and every day, moving forward, the work begins anew to make wise use of our public safety resources and to improve public safety. 


Thank You for Attending the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety


Rep. Claman speaks about Alaska’s public safety challenges.


Panelists (from left to right) Crime and Justice Institute Director of Policy Len Engel, Alaska Judicial Council Executive Director Susanne DiPietro, Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams, Senator John Coghill, and Alaska Criminal Justice Commission Chair Greg Razo speak about the history of justice reform and improving public safety in Alaska. 


Crime and Justice Institute Director of Policy Len Engel speaks about efforts to improve public safety in other states, including Mississippi and Utah.


Below are a few items you may find useful:


Video Footage


Many Alaskans watched our Facebook live-streams. If you would like to go back and watch, or share with friends or colleagues, visit the Rep. Matt Claman Facebook page or click the links below:


Alaska State Forum on Public Safety — Facebook Live-stream Part 1

Alaska State Forum on Public Safety — Facebook Live-stream Part 2





All forum presentations have been posted online:


Criminal Justice Reform: A National Perspective

Criminal Justice Reform in Alaska

Illicit Drug — Crime Nexus (?)

America’s Opioid Epidemic: Crisis, Response, and the Impact on Crime



50-State Data on Public Safety


The Council of State Governments Justice Center produced 50 state-specific workbooks that contain more than 60 data visualizations showing historical trends and data comparisons related to crime, arrests, recidivism, and correctional populations. The workbooks provide key questions to help identify opportunities to improve public safety. Top officials from every state contributed to the research effort that culminated in these workbooks, which were developed to provide a framework for discussions that took place at the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC.


Alaska Workbook: Analyses to Inform Public Safety Strategies



Community Events


Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


REAL about Addiction Run/Walk for Recovery


This year marks the second annual Walk/Run for Recovery - an opportunity for everyone to embrace health, life and community, and support those suffering from alcohol and substance misuse and addiction. The course will be a 5K, flat out and back along Chester Creek trail. Pre-registration entry fee is $31. Race day registration will happen from 8:30-9:30 AM and is $36. Everyone who registers to run will be entered into a raffle for great prizes. For more information, visit and


When: Saturday, September 15th at 8:30 AM11:30 AM
Westchester Lagoon

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to register.



Fundraiser for Four Corner Community Garden


Join the Sand Lake Community Council at Tastee-Freez for a fundraiser to save Four Corners Community Garden! Donations will pay for the permit for the garden, flag pole, and Sand Lake Welcome sign.


When: Sunday, September 16th from 2:005:00 PM
Where: Jewel Lake Tastee-Freez,
3901 Raspberry Rd.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.



Sand Lake Park Fix-It


Help put the finishing touches on the Sand Lake Park Learning Lab, dreamed up and designed by students at Sand Lake Elementary School!

Volunteers will place kanji pavers and stain the learning lab stage. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle. Tools and lunch will be provided for volunteers. All are welcome.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Michelle Fehribach at 343-4587 or

When: Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Sand Lake Park – 3886 Caravelle Drive

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.





Second Chances: Stories of Hope, Addiction and Recovery in Alaska


Anchorage Community Theatre is hosting an evening of storytelling to conclude Recover Alaska’s series of events for Recovery Month (September). Recover Alaska’s mission is to reduce excessive alcohol use and harm and the stigma associated with alcohol misuse. Join ACT and Recover AK in celebrating and learning from local community members as they share their stories of hope, addiction, and recovery in Alaska.


When: Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM
Where: Anchorage Community Theatre – 1133 East 70th Avenue

Free admission, reservations recommended. Click here for more information and to reserve a seat.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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Governor Bill Walker

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