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Alaska Senator seeking repeal of crime reforms as rates rise


October 5, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska state Sen. Mia Costello is trying to repeal a sweeping reform of the state’s criminal justice system that she supported in 2016.

In the year and a half since the change, Alaska crime rates have increased, The Juneau Empire reported Wednesday. The new system promotes counseling, treatment and other alternatives to jail for low-level nonviolent crimes.

“We need to clear the deck and start from the beginning,” said Costello, a Republican.

The reform’s supporters have said it’s inappropriate to link the uptick in crime to the changes that have not been f...

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