Gov. Michael Dunleavy rolled out his “repeal and replace” legislation on Wednesday, making good on his promise to get tough on crime and close the more egregious loopholes still present in Alaska criminal justice law.
His bills will come with fiscal notes — that means State money — and may require more prisons to be built and more prison beds, he said. How he will pay for it while reducing the overall state budget remains to be seen, as his budget is not due until Feb. 13.
“We will be expending resources in these areas to have the outcomes that we need,” said Dunleavy. “When people ask the question, ‘Are folks going go to jail?’ Yes, they’re going go to jail.”