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2018-02-02 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2018-02-02 House Journal Page 2313 HB 325 HOUSE BILL NO. 325 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: 2018-02-02 House Journal Page 2314 "An Act relating to computer use by prisoners; and relating to an exemption from the State Procurement Code for contracts for rehabilitation and reentry services." was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Judiciary Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Corrections The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 31 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to rehabilitation and reentry services for prisoners. This bill would further the State's goal of successful rehabilitation of prisoners by increasing access to reentry and rehabilitation services both online and in their home towns. First, the bill would allow incarcerated persons to use computers to access reentry services, allowing them to apply for medical assistance, search for housing, and other services they will need post-incarceration. Second, the bill would authorize the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections to authorize contracts for rehabilitation services without going through the procurement code. In many instances, released prisoners wish to return to their home communities to be with family and friends, have a support system, and be in a familiar setting. If that home community lacks established rehabilitation services, the released prisoner must decide between receiving services and living in the community most likely to assist in the person's reentry to society. By exempting the Commissioner from the procurement code for reentry and rehabilitation services, a person would be able to receive needed services in the community most conducive to the person's recovery. 2018-02-02 House Journal Page 2315 For a Safer Alaska, I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Bill Walker Governor"