In Alaska, two-thirds of people who leave prison end up going back within three years. But former inmates who can find decent jobs within a year of release are half as likely to re-offend, according to an Alaska Department of Labor report. So how does the Department of Corrections want to cut recidivism? By teaching the trades.
Alaska Bar Association President Darrel Gardner was in Ketchikan this week to meet with local bar members. He and ABA Pro Bono Director Krista Scully came by KRBD Monday to talk about some of the association’s outreach programs, meant to help low-income Alaskans facing legal matters.
Earlier this year, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration to combat opioid abuse in the state. Since then, more time and resources have been dedicated to the issue. This summer, some of those efforts are aimed at getting the attention of the fishing community.
The grand jury indicted Kirk Allyn Vandoren, 54, on one felony count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.
On conditional release wearing an electronic ankle monitor, Christian John Peters, 44, Peters pleaded not guilty to the single count of drug conspiracy via teleconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McCoy in Anchorage.