Cody Eyre, 20, was fatally shot by law enforcement in Fairbanks on Christmas Eve, 2017. His grandmother plans to hold a rally on Capitol steps in Juneau on the anniversary of his death to call for better mental health crisis intervention training.
Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.
A small number of Alaskans experiencing psychiatric crises are being diverted from healthcare facilities to custody within the Department of Corrections. Critics worry the emergency measure is not only unlawful, but putting patients in jeopardy.