As I head off to another trip to Prince William Sound, I can offer two things:
1. Assurances that I’m still working to produce more on the Ted Stevens funeral as well as the past and future of Bill Allen’s relationship with the criminal justice system; and
2. An ad for something else I’m working on as a volunteer. Alaska Common Ground and Partners for Progress are holding a forum on “Cost-Effective Justice: New Directions for Prisoner Rehabilitation and Re-entry.” This event is on Saturday, September 18, at the Loussac Library’s Assembly Chambers in Anchorage from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The forum features nationally known experts, including State Rep. Jerry Madden, the Texas legislator who spearheaded efforts to reform corrections in the Lone Star State.
This event is free and open to the public. It costs $45,000 for the State of Alaska to keep someone in prison for a year, and this forum will explore whether there are cheaper and more effective alternatives that could apply to most prisoners. I hope to see you there.