Some Alaska inmates who committed crimes as juveniles, and were tried as adults, face long prison sentences without the possibility of getting out on parole for decades. One Alaska senator wants to change that.
An intrastate case raised grand legal questions about poor, rural Alaskans’ access to the justice system. Yet it was also an exercise in budgetary semantics with almost no practical effect — except for running up publicly funded legal bills.
Consultants who studied the privatization for the state found that management of the institute, as well as operating the state’s juvenile justice detention centers, are better done by the state.