The court system has ordered that anyone awaiting trial for a misdemeanor charge other than domestic violence or stalking be spared of jail time and released on their own recognizance.
It’s about integrity in the Legislature.
“A sense of safety and security trumps every other need Alaskans have,” said Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer.
Legislators said the administration couldn’t justify the propose changes.
Senators said they’d rather get it right than do it fast. They also acknowledged that Alaska’s crime problems aren’t entirely SB 91’s fault.
A federal version of (the much-maligned) Senate Bill 91 wouldn’t be good for Alaska, Sullivan argued.
But are fixes to law alone enough to fix what went wrong with shocking assault?
Voters in a majority of Alaska’s House districts will get to decide whether he should keep his job.
An underfunded Public Defender Agency could lead to slower resolutions of cases, longer time in jail, mistakes and a violation of the Sixth Amendment.
As of Monday morning Alaska has enacted tougher penalties on many so-called lower-level crimes.