State of Alaska Archives: on Crime

Charlie Huggins: Oppose leniency for criminals; support protection for victim

Senate Bill 91, represents an abandonment of tough-on-crime programs that called for increasing jail sentences as a deterrent. While it received widespread acclaim, it didn't garner universal support. Two Republicans, Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, and Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, voted against it. Each man said he felt it came down a little too much on the side of leniency for criminals and not enough on the side of protections for victims.
Source: Juneau Empire on 2018 Alaska gubernatorial race Apr 12, 2016

Bill Walker: Restore 'Prison Industries' job skills to reduce recidivism

We are looking into bringing back what used to be called Prison Industries. More than 4,700 Alaskans are incarcerated. I am a firm believer that the best cure for many social ills is a job. We are exploring opportunities to better prepare prisoners for re-entry into society.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Alaska legislature Jan 21, 2016

Bill Walker: Need to reduce costs of prison system

The Alaska legislature has before them a criminal justice reform initiative that is the result of collaboration between all three branches of government--legislative, executive and judicial. It proposes practical reforms to reduce crime and recidivism rates, relieve overcrowding and improve conditions in our prisons. These reforms could save Alaska up to $500 million over the next decade.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Alaska legislature Jan 21, 2016

Bill Walker: More resources to protect against child abuse

I will direct the Departments of Health and Social Services (Office of Children's Services), Public Safety, and Law to work with the Alaska Court System and those resources in the private sector to provide help for both the abused and the abuser, to prevent further damage, and to provide justice for the abused and punish those harming our children.

I support the efforts of faith based programs like Beauty for Ashes, Wellness Warriors and Potters groups and other non-profits like the South Central Foundation in helping those adults who were abused.

I will work to bring together these diverse resources to help reduce child abuse in Alaska. Our children are our most precious resources that must be protected, which we will fail to do if we do not have a viable economy now and in the future.

Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Cean Stevens: More public safety officers & more funding

Q: The number of Alaska State Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers is more than necessary, about right, or less than necessary?

A: Less than necessary.

Q: What specific steps would you take to achieve the right level?

A: Obviously, the crime rates are excessive. We rank first in the nation in many categories, especially crimes against the family. This is unacceptable. I believe VPSO's are a bandage on the problem. We need to insure that public safety is funded at an adequate level to lower these statistics.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News on 2016 Alaska Senate race Oct 29, 2014

Sean Parnell: More enforcement presence via Village Public Safety Officers

Working together, we made Alaska's families safer. Because of the work we've done together, there are 15 more Village Public Safety Officers in communities that had no law enforcement presence. In fact, we went from having 47 filled VPSO positions in 2008 to 86 filled positions now. That means thousands more Alaskans can call for help when they're in danger, and get a timely response. Because of the work we've done together, more Alaskans have access to counseling and suicide prevention services, and more domestic violence survivors were sheltered and, at last, able to escape their abusers. And, because of the work we've done together, we launched the "Alaskans Choose Respect" initiative. Eighteen communities held "Choose Respect" rallies and marches to courageously confront the evil of domestic violence and sexual assault. We gave more Alaskans permission to speak up and take action against this epidemic.
Source: 2011 Alaska State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Joe Miller: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Joe Miller: Mandatory prison for drugs; reduced prison for non-violence

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Sean Parnell: Fill public safety officer & trooper vacancies

In 2009, the Department of Public Safety filled more than 24 trooper vacancies and 18 Village Public Safety Officer vacancies.

And we are beefing up public safety. We are funding new troopers, new sexual assault investigators, as well as 15 new Village Public Safety Officers.

We are increasing funding for shelters that provide a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. And, we have asked legislators for $75 million for a much-needed new crime lab.

Source: Alaska 2010 State of the State Address Jan 20, 2010

Mark Begich: Added $5M and 13 more police to Anchorage budget

Mark Begich is promising more police officers, road upgrades, and property tax relief, all while spending less than city officials expected. It’s part of the 2009 proposed budget.

The $435 million budget is almost $5 million less than originally proposed last year, but it’s still an increase to last year’s budget. $5 million in a $435 million dollar budget accounts for about 1%. While it’s a significant amount of money, it’s not a significant variation across the scope of the budget.

As the city grows, some say the police force needs to do the same. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said, “The taxpayers in this community are willing to pay for those type of services if they get results, and I think that’s what we’re delivering too.” Begich is delivering a 2009 city budget with 13 more police officers, adding to the city’s long-term goal of 93.

Throughout all the changes & adjustments made to the budget, for the past year Begich has repeatedly called for new public safety proposals

Source: 2008 Alaska Senate Debate reported on CBS 11 News Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Establish “FBI Day” to support fighting global crime

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “FBI Day” Jun 12, 2008

Sarah Palin: Register sex offenders; & investigate internet sex crimes

Gov. Palin today signed Senate Bill 265 into law. During the legislative session, several crime bills, including the Governor’s crime bill, were rolled into SB 265. SB 265 bars convicted sex offenders from receiving a permanent fund dividend [Alaska stat tax rebate] if they fail to keep their information current on the state Sex Offender Registry, [among other changes] to the criminal codes.

“I thank legislators who helped craft this comprehensive approach to strengthening public safety,” Governor Palin said. “These are good steps toward sound public safety policy. We must continue to meet the needs of law enforcement and the judicial system to keep our citizens safe.” Senate Bill 265 also:

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release, “Crime Bill” Jun 5, 2008

Sarah Palin: Victims’ rights are critical to “justice for all”

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Crime Victims” Mar 18, 2008

Sarah Palin: We are tough on crime and beefing up law enforcement

In Public Safety and Corrections, after years of positions left vacant, we’ve doubled academy recruits. We’re building public trust by demanding the highest standards of those in public safety. We’re implementing realistic plans to deal with overcrowded prisons, including rehabilitation and work requirements for the 95 percent of inmates who will re-enter society instead of just “warehousing” them. In Law, we are getting tough on criminals with tougher, defensible sentences. It was a clean sweep for convictions in the Cold Case Unit. Our Civil Division is managing hundreds of legal battles to protect Alaskans’ interests. I commend Law for last year’s needed, comprehensive ethics bill. In Military and Veterans Affairs, we certified hundreds of territorial guardsmen, so those who served finally receive their benefits. We are proudly supporting our brave Alaska Guard as they provide daily search and rescue in our State, and support the War on Terror.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature Jan 15, 2008

Sarah Palin: Gang members on probation must wear electronic monitors

The governor today signed House Bill 133, which requires people who are convicted of violent, gang-related crimes to wear electronic monitoring devices as a condition of their probation. This will allow law enforcement officials to monitor the movement of violent offenders and supervise their activity.
Source: Governor`s P.R. 07-156, on Alaska Voting Records HB113 Jun 25, 2007

Sarah Palin: Collect DNA samples from felons

The governor today signed House Bill 90, the Omnibus Crime Bill, which strengthens laws dealing with violent offenders, sexual predators, prostitution, people who witness a violent crime and fail to report it, and people who have been ordered not to consume alcohol. The bill also allows police in Alaska to collect a DNA sample from adults arrested for a felony or a crime against another person.
Source: Governor`s P.R. 07-156, on Alaska Voting Records HB90 Jun 25, 2007

Sarah Palin: Maximum sentence for first-degree murder by police

Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 45, the Sonya Ivanoff Act. SB 45 mandates the maximum sentence for first-degree murder when committed by an on-duty peace officer.

Sonya Ivanoff, 19, was murdered in 2003, by a Nome Police officer. Matthew Owens was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. His case is currently on appeal.

Governor Palin was joined at the bill signing ceremony by Sonya’s parents and siblings. “The inappropriate actions of Matthew Owens cloud the focus and the image of our brave men and women whom have all sworn to protect and serve,” said Governor Palin. “We must work with all our communities in a trusting partnership to ensure that every citizen feels safe, and is treated fairly and with respect.”

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release, “SB45, Sonya” Apr 27, 2007

Sarah Palin: Strong public safety presence, via police, courts & prisons

PUBLIC SAFETY: I support adequate funding for a strong public safety presence in Alaska. Feeling safe in our communities is something we cannot accept any compromise on. This includes policing in all its forms, the court system, prosecutors and corrections. If the legislature passed a death penalty law, I would sign it. We have a right to know that someone who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive by shooting will never be able to do that again.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Howard Phillips: Restore US jurisprudence to its Biblical presuppositions

My comprehensive objective is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical presuppositions and the Federal government to its Constitutional boundaries. The death penalty must be fully available to states and localities to deal with murderers and rapists.
Source: Fact Sheet from Alaska Division of Elections, 1996 Nov 11, 1996

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