According to the ACLU, 18 people died in DOC custody last year, the most ever in a single year.
The Anchorage Daily News obtained and reviewed Alaska State Troopers investigation reports and medical examiner records, and spoke with family members, advocates and prison officials. Here’s what they found.
The number of inmate deaths this year is likely a 20-year high for Alaska, according to U.S. Department of Justice data.
Several deaths in the past few years took place within days or weeks of being taken into custody.
During interactions with the police, people in Juneau with prior convictions could be asked to provide a DNA sample.
It will cost the state of Alaska nearly half a million dollars to settle with two doctors Gov. Mike Dunleavy fired from the state psychiatric hospital for refusing to take what they deemed a political loyalty pledge. The settlement between ends the case, with no admission of fault.
Anchorage voters defeated a bill that would have banned transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. In just six years, Anchorage voters flipped on LGBT issues.
More than 100 people joined Juneau’s Equality for All party on Friday, to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing same-sex married couples equal treatment under federal law. The celebration featured performances by the Juneau Pride Chorus, a dance group, and other music. Kimberley Crawford was…
A celebration in the Capital city called Equality For All centers around the recent Supreme Court’s landmark reversal of the Defense of Marriage Act.