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Report recommends way to curb Alaska prison population


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission on Thursday released recommendations that it says would reduce the state’s average daily prison population and save about $420 million over 10 years.

They include expanded use of citations instead of arrest for lower-level nonviolent offenses; revising drug penalties to focus more severe punishments on higher-level offenders; changes in parole and probation aimed at reducing recidivism; and addressing the needs of crime victims.

Senate Majority Leader John Coghill plans to incorporate the commission’s recommendations into le...

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