“An Act relating to protective orders; relating to conditions of release; relating to community work service; relating to credit toward a sentence of imprisonment for certain persons under electronic monitoring; relating to the restoration under certain circumstances of an administratively revoked driver’s license, privilege to drive, or privilege to obtain a license; allowing a reduction of penalties for offenders successfully completing court-ordered treatment programs for persons convicted of driving under the influence; relating to termination of a revocation of a driver’s license; relating to restoration of a driver’s license; relating to credits toward a sentence of imprisonment, to good time deductions, and to providing for earned good time deductions for prisoners; relating to the disqualification of persons convicted of certain felony drug offenses from participation in the food stamp and temporary assistance programs; relating to probation; relating to mitigating factors; relating to treatment programs for prisoners; relating to the duties of the commissioner of corrections; amending Rules 32 and 35(b), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.”
“Senate Bill 91 aims to use Alaska’s limited criminal justice dollars in the most prudent way possible, using cost-effective, evidence based reforms. To accomplish that, the corrections system should emphasize public safety, personal responsibility, work, restitution, and treatment.
SB91 users a number of reforms to address the Department of Corrections’ biggest cost drivers: an increased length of prison sentences, non-violent offenders, probation violators, and pre-trial offenders. This can be accomplished by expanding electronic monitoring, reforming probation, and providing incentives for individuals to be productive law-abiding citizens.
SB91 is an effort to be tough on crime and criminal justice spending while holding offenders accountable and giving them a shot at redemption, restitution, personal responsibility, and productivity – a vital step towards achieving a cost-effective system that protects citizens, restores victims, and reforms wrongdoers.”