Help AFN support Senate Bill 91/HB 205 for Criminal Justice Reform

Please join AFN in pushing back against amendments that will unnecessarily reduce its impact and effectiveness on SB 91/HB 205 and testify today at 1:30 PM.

  • When:  Friday, Mar. 18th at 1:30 p.m.
  • Call-in number:  1 (844) 586-9085
  • Room number:  Beltz hearing room 105
  • Live video stream:

Please emphasize:

  • That prison is not the only or the best solution to every crime,
  • That prison can often do more harm than good,
  • That treatment and alternatives to prison are under-funded,
  • That SB91 is a smart way to:
    • Improve public safety
    • Hold offenders accountable
    • Reduce spending on prisons
    • And reinvest in treatment and community-based services that reduce recidivism

SB 91 and HB 205 will:

  • Reform the bail system to ensure that non-dangerous people are not held in jail just because they can’t afford to pay bail,
  • Divert people away from prison for nonviolent drug and property crimes, and into alternatives to prison,
  • Undo many of the harmful and unnecessary enhancements to criminal penalties that have been adopted in the last decade,
  • Expand eligibility for release from prison for those who follow the rules and participate in treatment programming,
  • Strengthen supervision in the community to ensure that people who have committed crimes can be safely managed outside of prison,
  • And most importantly: Reinvest dollars saved into community-based treatment, prevention, and victims’ services.

Please read AFN Resolution 15-33, In Support of Criminal Justice Reform and Reinvestment in Alaska.

More information:

SB 91 language and materials

HB 205 language and materials