In the last five years, the rate of Alaskans granted parole dropped by 50%. The reasons are complicated. The pandemic put a hold on rehabilitation services, and changes to criminal justice through legislation also gave more discretion to the parole board over who would be released. With fewer people being granted parole and others leaving facilities after a year of pandemic lockdown, we’ll discuss the ripple effect on lives and the legal system.
HOST: Lori Townsend
- Jonathan Pistotnik, coordinator, Anchorage Reentry Coalition
- Bobby Dorton, co-chair, Fairbanks Reentry Coalition
- Rich Curtner, former federal public defender, District of Alaska
LINKS & RESOURCES:
- The number of Alaskans released on discretionary parole fell sharply in 2020
- Anchorage Reentry Coalition
- Fairbanks Reentry Coalition
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