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 Borough Assembly invocation lawsuit moved to federal court this week. The lawsuit, filed Dec. 14 in Anchorage Superior Court by the ACLU of Alaska, claims the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s invocation policy is discriminatory.
The state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement. The government to government pact provides a template for tribal courts to administer restorative sentences in certain lower level cases, as an alternative to the state criminal justice system.