Last year, Dean Williams found many problems in the state Department of Corrections that contributed to the deaths of dozens in Alaska’s prisons and jails. Now he will be in position to do something about it.
As lawmakers look to trim the state’s budget shortfall, their attention is focused on one of the biggest areas of the budget.
The unit would focus on shootings and other cases in which law enforcement officers used force, as well as deaths in jails and prisons and allegations of corruption.
At Juneau’s legislative welcome reception on Wednesday, I asked attendees what they wanted to hear from the governor in his State of the State Address amid the tough financial times.
Walker said he was warned some of his proposals would hasten the end of his political life, but that he puts the state’s interests above his own.
Two-thirds of residents want to close the shortfall with both spending cuts and new revenue, while 30 percent want only cuts.