Taylor noted that the Department of Law’s budget request includes 10 new prosecutors and nine new support staff that would focus on sex crimes.
The courts have different names and rules throughout the state — some focus on drug use, others on alcohol. And some specialize in categories of defendants, like parents or military veterans.
House Bill 49 would mark the third time the Legislature changed major provisions of the controversial criminal justice law known as Senate Bill 91.
Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said reducing crime will take enhanced collaboration across different departments.
Rep. Chuck Kopp has proven to be a key vote, largely sticking to Alaska Criminal Justice Commission recommendations.
“The group of people who are really the managers of the criminal justice system in America are concentrated among one demographic group: white men,” said an author of the report.
Prosecutors in South Korea are reportedly demanding the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized and sank in April, killing more than 300 people.