Prosecutors implore the legislature: a change in Alaska’s crime law is needed - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Letters To Editor

Prosecutors implore the legislature: a change in Alaska’s crime law is needed

Kodiak District Attorney Gustaf Olson, Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson (Retired), Juneau District Attorney Angie Kemp, Nome District Attorney John Earthman, Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders, Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak, and Anchorage District Attorney John Novak | Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:57 am

Many of us are lifelong prosecutors who have spent years in the trenches trying to do the best we can to keep Alaskans safe and seek justice. We work hard to try and get dangerous offenders off the street, get treatment for those who need it, and achieve the best outcome to protect the community. The current criminal laws tie our hands and keep us from achieving these important goals.

We thought it was important to speak out as those who prosecute crime. We know we, as a society, cannot control all the factors that cause crime. But, through our laws, we can control the range of outcomes and incentives available to cut down on the number of individuals that are re-offending. Right now, the law is not working.