Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

04/04/2019 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:03:44 PM Start
03:04:37 PM HB98
03:08:36 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
03:09:08 PM Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
05:25:29 PM HB115
05:42:50 PM HB118
05:52:25 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 118 OFFENDER REENTRY PLANNING BY CORRECTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Commissioner Amanda Price, Dept. of Public Safety
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 115 ABSENTEE VOTING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 98 PROPERTY CRIME; MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT TOOLS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 98(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
        HB 118-OFFENDER REENTRY PLANNING BY CORRECTIONS                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
5:42:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS  announced  that   the  final  order  of                                                               
business would  be HOUSE BILL  NO. 118,  "An Act relating  to the                                                               
duties  of  the  commissioner  of corrections;  and  relating  to                                                               
planning for prisoner reentry."                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:42:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS, as prime sponsor,  presented HB 118 with the use                                                               
of  a PowerPoint  presentation, entitled  "House Bill  118."   He                                                               
turned  to  slide  2, entitled  "Background,"  which  graphically                                                               
illustrates the  decline in Alaska  recidivism rates  by calendar                                                               
year [CY2011  - CY2015].   He reviewed  the bullet points  on the                                                               
slide, which read:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   • Reentry  provides   resources    for   citizens    to                                                                      
     successfully transition back in to our communities by                                                                      
     utilizing individualized case management, programming,                                                                     
     and support services                                                                                                       
   • Alaska has begun to see a steady decline in recidivism                                                                     
   • Reentry push began in 2010 and has spanned multiple                                                                        
     administrations                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS referred to slide 3, entitled "Offender                                                                         
Management Plans (OMPs)," and described them using the bullet                                                                   
points on the slide, which read:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
   • Used as a Case Plan for coordination between the                                                                           
     Department of Corrections and Reentrant and Community                                                                      
     Providers                                                                                                                  
   • Case Plans are live documents developed after prisoner                                                                     
     intake and are updated prior to transition and release                                                                     
     into the community                                                                                                         
   • Prioritizes needs for citizens to have successful                                                                          
     transition out of incarceration                                                                                            
   • Based off of risk treatment assessment                                                                                     
   • Addresses                                                                                                                  
     • Medical treatment                                                                                                        
     • Mental health                                                                                                            
     • Housing needs                                                                                                            
     • Financial issues                                                                                                         
     • Job skills                                                                                                               
     • Life skills                                                                                                              
     • Education                                                                                                                
     • And more                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS pointed out that the more effective an OPM is                                                                   
the fewer people reenter incarceration through recidivism.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS moved to slide 4, entitled "Reentry Coalitions                                                                  
Across the State," and relayed the developments listed on the                                                                   
slide, which read:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   • Reentry Service: any service provided by a community                                                                       
     or state organization that serves individuals released                                                                     
     from the criminal justice system back into the                                                                             
     community                                                                                                                  
     • Reentry coalitions:                                                                                                      
        • Facilitate community   assessment   of   assets,                                                                      
          barriers, and gaps for returning citizens                                                                             
        • Develop  solutions    for   case    coordination                                                                      
          challenges using evidence based approaches                                                                            
        • Design and implement a  Comprehensive  Community                                                                      
          Reentry Plan                                                                                                          
        • Coordinate Offender Management Plans                                                                                  
     • Participants in Reentry Coalitions include Alaska                                                                        
        Division of  Public  Health,  Alaska  House  Finance                                                                    
        Corporation,  The  Salvation  Army,   Alaska  Native                                                                    
        Justice Center,  The Alaska  Labor Exchange  System,                                                                    
        Chanlyut,  Nine   Start   Education   &   Employment                                                                    
        Services,  Alaska  Mental  Health  Trust  Authority,                                                                    
        Southcentral Foundation, Partners for  Progress, and                                                                    
        Cook Inlet Tribal Council.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:46:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS referred to slide 5, entitled "Reentry                                                                          
Coalitions in Alaska," which shows the locations of reentry                                                                     
coalitions on the Alaska map and lists them as follows:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
   • Coalitions in Anchorage, Matsu, Fairbanks, Juneau,                                                                         
     Kenai, Dillingham, Nome, Ketchikan                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS moved on to slide 6, entitled "What is currently                                                                
in law?" and reviewed the legal requirements, which read:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   • Reentry planning                                                                                                           
     • DOC must establish an institutional case plan for                                                                        
       every individual serving a term of 30 days or more                                                                       
        • DOC must establish a reentry plan for every                                                                           
        individual serving a term of 30 days or more                                                                            
      • DOC is required to work with prisoners within 90                                                                        
        days of their release  date in order to  establish a                                                                    
        written reentry plan                                                                                                    
     • We hope to build on long term planning for success                                                                       
        after release with this bill                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS turned to slide 7, entitled "House Bill 118," to                                                                
summarize HB 118, which read in part:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
   • HB 118 requires that a written case plan take effect                                                                       
     within 90 days after a prisoner's sentencing                                                                               
   • HB 118 ensures that the DOC collaborates with                                                                              
     community reentry coalitions and other providers of                                                                        
     reentry services when developing a written case plan                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:48:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS  asked  about   the  growth  of  reentry                                                               
coalitions over the past 10 years.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  FIELDS replied  that his  recollection is  that several                                                               
years ago when he worked for  the Department of Labor & Workforce                                                               
Development   (DOLWD),   the   only  active   community   reentry                                                               
coalitions were  in Southcentral  Alaska; now  they are  all over                                                               
the state.  There were  individuals and groups working on reentry                                                               
issues;  however, they  weren't organized  as reentry  coalitions                                                               
comprehensively   looking   at  wraparound   services,   housing,                                                               
substance abuse treatment, and employment in a community.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS continued to review slide 7, which read in part:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
   • HB 118 establishes new metrics tracking the results of                                                                     
     the program that conducts assessments of the risks and                                                                     
     needs of offenders and a report presented to the                                                                           
     legislature that includes                                                                                                  
     • Number of prisoners provided written case plans,                                                                         
          percentage of target population that number                                                                           
        represents                                                                                                              
     • Number of written case plans initiated within the                                                                        
        preceding year                                                                                                          
     • Number of written case plans updated in the                                                                              
        preceding year                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  FIELDS added  that data  will assist  in measuring  the                                                               
success of reentry programs -  giving the state an opportunity to                                                               
strengthen  programs or  make changes.   He  also added  that the                                                               
number of updated case plans speaks to how active the plans are.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to adopt  the committee substitute (CS)                                                               
for HB 118, Version 31-LS0724\S,  Radford, 4/3/19, as the working                                                               
document.   There being  no objection, Version  S was  before the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS stated  that HB 118, Version  S, would be                                                               
held over.                                                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB118 ver M 4.1.19.PDF HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB118 CS ver S 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB 118 Sectional ver S 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB 118 Sponsor Statement 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB 118 Presentation 4.4.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB118 Supporting Document - Alaska Economic Trends June 2017 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB118 Supporting Document - Joint DHSS DOC Recidivism Reduction Report January 2019 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB118 Fiscal Note DOC-IDO 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB 118 Letter of Support - AMHTA 4.4.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB118 Letter of Support - Anchorage Reentry Coalition 4.11.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 118
HB098 Committee Substitute Work Draft ver U 4.4.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 98
HB098 CS ver U 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 98
HB098 Supporting Document-NFIB Letter 4.4.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 98
Dept. of Public Safety Appointee Amanda Price - Resume.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
VPSO Program Update - Alaska Regional Coalition 4.3.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
2019-04-03 - Letter to Rep. Fields.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner Price - Letter of Support, Jim Whitaker 4.5.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM
Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner Price - Letter of Support, Marcia Davis 4.5.19.pdf HSTA 4/4/2019 3:00:00 PM