Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/04/1994 03:00 PM JUD

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  SB 292 - INTERSTATE TRANSFERS OF INMATES                                     
  Number 425                                                                   
  DAVID SKIDMORE, staff for Senator Frank stated the bill was                  
  introduced by the Senate Finance Committee.  The                             
  Commissioner of the Department of Corrections currently has                  
  statutory authority to transfer inmates out of state.  There                 
  are two somewhat contrary standards in statute that                          
  determine whether that transfer may occur.  The one standard                 
  says that the commissioner can do it, unless the                             
  rehabilitation or treatment will be negatively impaired.                     
  The other standard says they cannot do it, if the                            
  rehabilitation will be better facilitated in Alaska.  In the                 
  past, two or three years ago, the department was thinking                    
  about transferring some inmates out of state.  This was                      
  something that their attorneys came up against and it caused                 
  a bit of trouble.  This bill just brings these two statutes                  
  into conformity.  The former standard that they can transfer                 
  the prisoners out of state, unless their rehabilitation or                   
  treatment will be negatively impaired; that standard is                      
  retained, and the other standard is deleted.                                 
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT presumed this to mean we are just                        
  deleting one conflicting view, and leaving it very clear as                  
  to what we can do.                                                           
  Number 450                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE JAMES made a motion to move the bill out of                   
  committee with individual recommendations and zero fiscal                    
  There being no objection, SB 292 was moved.                                  
  The House Judiciary Committee adjourned at 5:15 p.m.                         

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