Crime and costs

One need only look at neighborhood crime blogs to know that crime, petty and major, is off the chart in Anchorage and many parts of the state.

Car thefts, murders, petty theft, shoplifting, you name it.

That makes it particularly galling that the Department of Law’s Criminal Division has been hit with deep budget cuts, forcing district attorneys to prioritize the crimes they prosecute, going after violent felonies ahead of any other cases, including non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, Alaska Public Media reports.

That means some bad guys are going scot free or are having their criminal charges resolved in other ways, such as plea agreements, which are easier and faster and sometimes involve lighter sentences, news outlet reports.

The result? We are up to our ears in criminals of all stripes and crime.

Government has but few legitimate responsibilities. One of them, and an important one, is public safety, but that seems often overlooked. At the state level, the Alaska State Troopers is operating with gaping holes in its manpower chart and is having difficulty hiring and retaining officers because of funding woes. The state needs more prosecutors so criminals are held to account. That all adds up to more crime and criminals.

Despite its budget woes, Alaska is not a poor state. There are many funding area that should fall well behind the public safety sector when it comes to getting money.

It would be nice to see lawmakers put public safety as a top priority.

 

2 Responses to Crime and costs

  1. Bill Hutchison February 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Vote buying should be eliminated from budget considerations. Anything putting public funds into private hands as some kind of welfare, should be eliminated.

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  2. John London February 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

    More non-profits here per capita than any other state.

    It’s called the victim industrial complex.

    Reply

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