Alaska legislative leaders block crime bills amid fears they could undermine SB 91

JUNEAU — Alaska legislators are so divided over criminal justice policy that they can't even seem to figure out a way to debate it.

Amid a long-running fight over Senate Bill 91, the 2016 overhaul of criminal sentencing law, legislative committee chairs have refused to hold hearings on proposals to repeal it.

They've also limited discussion on a proposal from Gov. Bill Walker that his administration says would fix a loophole in the overhaul — one that forces judges to release certain...

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