Governor Declares War On Criminals
Scotty and Aaliyah Barr receive a standing ovation during Governor Dunleavy’s State of the State Address. Dunleavy: “Tonight, I’d like to recognize two Alaskan families that know firsthand the personal devastation that comes from violent crime. Edie and Ben Grunwald from Palmer, who lost their son David; and Scotty and Aaliyah Barr from Kotzebue, who lost a daughter and a sister, Ashley.Unfortunately, we all know their tragic stories too well — two beautiful young Alaskans taken from their families by individuals who have no regard for human life.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“To the criminals, and to the rapists and molesters who see women and children as nothing more than opportunities, I say this to you: We will do everything in our power to stop you, apprehend you, and put you in prison for a very long time,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy in his State of the State address on Tuesday. Dunleavy promised that a wide range of proposals would be announced in the upcoming days. Including initiatives that were introduced during a press conference on Wednesday that will roll back Senate Bill 91, the 2016 law that overhauled criminal justice in the state. Scotty and Aaliyah Barr of Kotzebue are the father and sister of 10-year-old Kotzebue girl Ashley Johnson-Barr, who was tragically murdered in September 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “I say to you, and to everyone, today begins a new day in our state. From this day forward, we will not cater to the criminals and ignore the victims. We will not make excuses and turn a blind eye.” Dunleavy: “To law-abiding Alaskans, I say this to you: I care if your house is burglarized; I care if your car is stolen; and I care if your loved ones are threatened.” Read and watch Governor Dunleavy’s full State of the State Address here. Dunleavy announced the following public safety actions that he has planned:We will expend the necessary resources for additional State Troopers, provide more local control, and more prosecutors.We will ensure that our courts will remain open five full days a week in order to hear cases.We will provide the focus and the resources necessary to combat the scourge of opiates and other illicit drugs driving up our crime rates and ruining lives.And we will repeal and replace SB 91.