HCR 19: Requesting the Governor to direct the Department of Corrections to establish a task force to study current and future department operations.
00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 19 01 Requesting the Governor to direct the Department of Corrections to establish a 02 task force to study current and future department operations. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS a growing number of people are being arrested, prosecuted, adjudicated, 05 and incarcerated in the state; and 06 WHEREAS the inmate population in the state's prisons has been steadily increasing 07 over the last several years; and 08 WHEREAS the inmate population in the state's prisons is expected to continue to 09 increase; and 10 WHEREAS several of the state's correctional facilities are in poor condition and in 11 need of substantial repair or replacement; and 12 WHEREAS the cost of operating the prisons and jails is steadily increasing; and 13 WHEREAS advancements in technology are providing new and innovative methods 14 of monitoring and detaining prisoners; and
01 WHEREAS the state's revenue is declining, and capital funding is becoming more 02 difficult to obtain; and 03 WHEREAS the private sector has shown significant interest and ability in constructing 04 and operating prison facilities; 05 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 06 Governor to direct the Department of Corrections to convene a task force to study current 07 operations and future options for the department, and to develop a comprehensive plan, 08 including options for private construction of prison facilities and private operation of prison 09 facilities; and be it 10 FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force should be comprised of two members of 11 the Alaska State House of Representatives selected by the speaker of the house, two members 12 of the Alaska State Senate selected by the senate president, five representatives of the 13 executive branch selected by the Governor, one representative of the judicial branch selected 14 by the chief justice of the supreme court, and three representatives of the public familiar with 15 construction of large facilities or with operations of large organizations selected by the 16 commissioner of corrections; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force should contract with independent 18 consultants with expertise in private and public correction institutions; and be it 19 FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force, using appropriate contractors, should 20 study the operations of the Department of Corrections and potential for changes in its facilities 21 and operations, including 22 (1) a cost benefit analysis of the Department of Corrections as it now exists; 23 (2) analysis of the department's population increases, workload changes, and 24 projections of future trends; 25 (3) examination of inmate classification, placement, custody, and programming 26 and their consequences for public safety; 27 (4) a forecast of capital construction needs; and 28 (5) analysis of the opportunities, benefits, and costs of contracting for private 29 construction and operation of prisons; and be it 30 FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force is authorized to begin its work 31 immediately and should report its findings and recommendations to the legislature on or before
01 January 31, 1996.