Legislature fails to relieve prison crowding

The Department of Corrections is extremely overcrowded. Every facility in the state has prisoners sleeping on mattresses on floors, cruel and inhumane treatment. This is very unsafe for all concerned and the results of decades of excessive sentencing in Alaska. It costs approximately $58,000.00 per year to house one inmate. Senate Bill 64 did nothing to help eliminate this situation. The bill could have resurrected AS 33.20.020, Good Time, [Repealed, § 21 ch 166 SLA 1978.] made it retroactive from repeal date 1978 and applied after earned to all offenders from 1978 until now eliminating some overcrowding. They could have also introduced an Earned Time Statute like used in over 40 other states.

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