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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Alaska Mayor Puts the Kebosh on Gang-Related Crime

Anchorage Alaksa Mayor Mark Begich is urging the state legislature to take a proative rather than reactive crackdown on crime, particularly violent and gang-related crime, by adopting a number of proposals. His proposals include: 1) laws making ankle bracelets mandatory for known gang members awaiting trial, the removal of which would send them back to jail; 2) greater data sharing between the court system and the Anchorage Police Department, so each can learn what the other knows about criminals (such as bail status or domestic violence writs); 3) an increased number of judges to streamline the court system; 4) creating a top 10 list of Anchorage's most crime-ridden neighborhoods for monitoring purposes; and 5) a strict "three strikes" policy for multiple traffic offenders--the mayor wants to make three or more violations a felony for repeat offenders.  Finally, a high-profile gang summit will be held in Anchorage November 15.  More. . .  [Michele Berry]

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The “greater data sharing” proposals have been a hot-button issues in Alaska, because it implicates judicial independence. Whatever the case, the police have access to all the data, anyway, since it is they who must complete the final steps to releasing people.

More judges? It is doubtful that Alaskan judges are overburneded. In Alaska, judges don’t get paid if they don’t decide motions, and this is a rarity. In a true case of overburdening, retired judges can be get pro temp status, which is, again, rare.

Posted by: S.cotus | Oct 18, 2006 11:08:15 AM

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