Walker presents plan to address increased crime in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he will tackle the state’s rise in crime by addressing recidivism rates, improving the efficiency of state agencies and expanding mental health treatment opportunities.

Walker and state commissioners spoke Monday in Juneau.

Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth says a rise in the use of opioid drugs, cuts to public safety resources and an economic downturn contributed to the crime increase. She says the solution must also be multi-faceted.

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan says the state spends $2 million transporting prisoners to courthouses, so installing more telecommunications resources could save money and free up officers.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams says the department will continue a new effort to expand job opportunities for Alaskans leaving prison, such as placing them in needed fish-processing jobs.

The post Walker presents plan to address increased crime in Alaska appeared first on Newstalk 750 – 103.7 KFQD.

SHARE

RELATED CONTENT

Wasilla police shoot, kill domestic violence suspect in home Alaska Marijuana Control Board fines pot festival organizer Political support to play part in jury selection for trial Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling Aretha Franklin Passes Strong earthquake rocks remote western Aleutian Islands
Comments