Give them piece of your mind
With Alaskans up in arms about crime, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer may be poking a hornet’s nest today at a town hall meeting where that is the subject.
The event hosted by Meyer and members of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration aims to focus crime’s effects on Alaskans’ lives.
House Bill 49, which was intended to fix some of the problems in the notorious Senate Bill 91 – blamed by many for a crime increase in Alaska – has been approved by the House. The Senate has toughened the House bill by inserting provisions wanted by Dunleavy. How it will end up is anybody’s guess.
SB91 was intended to save the state money by sending fewer people to prison. The idea was to divert defendants, instead, to rehab programs and counseling so they would not re-offend.
Money for all that never was appropriated and, as a result, the justice system became a revolving door for petty criminals and drug offenders. Many communities have found themselves awash in car thefts, petty crime and drug use.
On top of that, parole and probation officers were told to ignore new petty crimes to make it appear SB91 was working.
There are more than enough Alaskans fed up with crime to give Meyer, et. al, a piece of their minds.
It should be instructive.