Acting Corrections Commissioner Winkelman said at the press conference the deaths are “not unusual.”
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.”
Thousands attended events in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer and Juneau.
Multiple federal agencies affirm the rights of transgender people.
Only about 16% of inmates who applied for discretionary parole were released in 2020, down from a high of 66% in 2015.
Keren Lowell held several positions with the Alaska Council on the Arts over a span of eight years. She and her colleagues lost their jobs in 2019 when Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed the council’s funding.
A Division of Elections spokesperson said the lack of a proper witness signature was the number one reason why the division rejected ballots in 2016 and 2018.
Despite an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff at Juneau’s correctional facility, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the head of the Department of Corrections say early release of prisoners is not an option.
The ACLU lawsuit alleges violations of state and federal civil rights protections stemming from mishandled police investigations of sexual assaults of Alaska Native women.
The ACLU sent a letter to the governor on Thursday saying Dunleavy should rehire former worker Keren Lowell, or she’ll sue him.