Out-of-State Criminal Records Must Be Considered Before Releasing Offenders
Rep. Kopp urges change to increase Alaska safety
February 15, 2018, Juneau, Alaska - Representative Chuck Kopp (R-Anchorage) supports HB 295, the Governor’s bill to toughen the updated bail and release conditions for offenders that went into effect in January. Changes in the method of determining appropriate bail and release conditions have created a public safety concern when out-of-state criminal records are not taken into consideration when vehicle thefts and certain other offenses are committed in our state and the offender is released. Alaskans are aware of the serious implications of release determinations made without all relevant offender information.
“As a lifelong Alaskan with a career in public safety, I believe it is of the upmost importance to protect our communities and families. I support House Bill 295 to make sure that out-of-state offenders’ criminal history records will be taken into consideration at bail hearings,” said Representative Chuck Kopp.
Representative Kopp is the only legislator with a background in public safety, having served as patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and Chief of Police in rural Alaska, and Chairman of the Alaska Police Standards Council. He has received many awards and commendations for his dedication to public safety in Alaska.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov