Cost Of Criminal Justice Rollback Is Big Unknown

Cost of criminal justice rollback is big unknown

• Lawmakers ask for cost of criminal justice rollback but come up blank • Estimates reach $4.3 million per year to house more prisoners
As the Alaska House of Representatives advances toward a vote on Senate Bill 54, lawmakers are missing one critical piece of information: the price tag.

In a Wednesday afternoon hearing, members of the House Finance Committee were told that no one exactly knows how much SB 54 will cost if it becomes law. The last estimate, $4.3 million per year, was drafted more than seven months ago. Since then, the House Judiciary Committee has modified the bill, and the finance committee is …

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