The former executive director of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, which investigates complaints of discrimination, says she herself was fired after less than a month on the job as the result of discrimination.
Acting Corrections Commissioner Winkelman said at the press conference the deaths are “not unusual.”
An estimated 2% of the U.S. voting age population is ineligible to cast a ballot due to a felony conviction. State-level felon disenfranchisement rates vary dramatically.
When the framers of Alaska’s constitution were debating how the state should pick its judges, the goal was to remove politics from the process as much as possible.
The bill wouldn’t guarantee parole for those people, but it would give them a chance in front of the Alaska Parole Board.
None of the 15 people to die in Alaska Department of Corrections custody in 2022 so far “died as a result of others,” according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Acting Corrections Commissioner Jen Winkelman also said the deaths were not “unusual.”
“I want to know what their procedures are and how they intend on fixing them, so this doesn’t keep happening,” Mike Cox says.
Normally at this time of year, Nora Brown said her daughter would have finished picking berries for the season and had her silver salmon smoked and put away.
With the death of William Hensely III on Sunday, Corrections matches the highest number of in-custody deaths the department has seen in the past decade. In 2015, 15 people died in Corrections custody.
The number of in-custody deaths so far this year had already surpassed the nine in-custody deaths that took place last year.