Faced with a surging prison population largely made up of non-violent offenders coupled with a high recidivism rate, Alaska in 2016 passed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill known as SB 91.

Among the bill’s goals are reserving prison beds for serious, violent offenders; improving reentry programming; and reinvesting in practices proven to reduce recidivism while protecting public safety. The reforms are projected to reduce the average daily prison population by 13 percent over 10 years, save $380 million and enable nearly $99 million to be reinvested into programs designed to improve public safety, reduce recidivism and support crime victims.

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