Alaskan Senate Leaders from both sides are celebrating an announcement that Alaska will be one of the first states considered in a review of state administrative codes and laws which make it difficult for criminals to return to civilian lives. The review will be conducted by the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC), a joint initiative launched in 2012 by the American Bar Association and the National Institute of Justice to review the consequences of criminal convictions in the USA.
Senate Majority Leader John Coghill said he was pleased with the move since the “legal system has created barriers to work, education, business opportunities, volunteerism, and housing – the very things that are necessary to prevent recidivism.”
Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis was also on board, saying: “Massive amounts of research show these are the very things offenders need to get back on track, compensate crime victims, and become productive members of society.”
The group plans to start legislative hearings this summer to address collateral consequences and other issues related to reducing criminal recidivism.