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Pretrial release regs comment period ending June 4

The Department of Corrections is preparing to enact regulations for the pretrial risk assessment tool it uses when deciding whether to recommend release of arrested persons before their trials.

The regulations update provisions regarding pretrial furlough of prisoners so that, under certain circumstances, the commissioner may find a past or pending disciplinary action does not affect the prisoner’s suitability for community placement. Other changes are included in the regulations as well.

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The public comment period on 22 AAC 07.020 closes at 5 pm, June 4, 2018. Earlier versions of the regulations attracted no public comments.

Written comments may be submitted to the Department of Corrections Regulations Writer, PO Box 112000, Juneau AK 99811-2000, by fax at (907) 465-3315, or via e-mail at [email protected].

Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Does anyone find it remarkable that 49 other states plus the federal government don’t seem to have a problem with figuring out “… regulations for the pretrial risk assessment tool (for) deciding whether to recommend release of arrested persons before their trials.”?

    If we don’t drain our swamp and do it soon, we’re in a heap of trouble.

    • We need to begin with a new governor. We have to be going door to door for Dunleavy. We need to put up yard signs, write letters to newspapers, hold fundraisers, talk to any group that will listen……..etc. The damage Walker had done has really not yet begun to show up to the degree it will, and I say that despite the horrid statistics we have right now; highest unemployment, steepest increases in crime, highest STDs, special recognition for opioid abuse, etc. The people our economy and our society most need to live in Alaska have started to leave. Walker has to leave ASAP.

      • New governor’s probably a good place to start…
        Question is when you write letters, do fundraisers, talk to people, what will you say that hasn’t been said already, isn’t preaching to the choir, and does –not– send the message: “Democrats bad, we good, send money”?
        If that’s all you got, your man will get the die-hard votes,, but everybody else is likely to yawn, stay home, or vote for the party of Hillary Clinton.

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