Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johson said the crime bill made it less risky to commit property crime and its intended rehabilitation options haven’t come online yet. At the same time, state prosecutors are pursuing fewer cases because of state budget cuts.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center is a larger facility than the community has had in the past. It comes with 16 inpatient treatment beds, outpatient counseling rooms, a gym, a kitchen and other recreational facilities.
The Juneau mayor’s tax initiative will certainly be welcomed by the cruise line industry which says its passengers pay nearly $8 million in sales tax while onshore in Juneau but has historically not paid sales tax for goods and services sold aboard its vessels.