Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said a bill to provide more information for judges about criminal records needs to be passed into law this year.
It would allow judges to consider out of state criminal records when determining whether bail should be set.
Its part of the new pretrial system. Lindemuth said she thinks the new system is working well
They have hired 35 officers to monitor those released on bail to make sure they are making court dates and meeting all the requirements of bail.
Lindemuth said the bill will close a loop hole because right now Judges can't consider out of state criminal records
Bail is designed to make sure the defendant shows up but also to protect the public.
Lindemuth said this bill will provide a short term fix