Alaska Legislature approves criminal justice system changes

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system.

    Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 8:04am by Lori James

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice system.

    On Friday, the Senate agreed to changes made to the bill in the House. The House passed the bill last week. It next goes to the governor for consideration.

    The bill was based on changes recommended by a criminal justice commission.

    It is geared toward arresting growth within the state prison system and addressing recidivism.

    It is among the measures considered by lawmakers this year aimed at major changes to state programs or institutions.

    Lawmakers already have approved updating a military code of justice and changes intended to curb and contain costs within Medicaid.

    They also are trying to agree on changes to the state's oil and gas tax credit system.

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