Justice in the Alaskan Bush Is Focus of Law Enforcement Summit

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Delegates at a rural law enforcement summit Wednesday found plenty to dislike about the existing system of “cops, courts and corrections” in the Alaskan bush, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

But finding a suitable replacement will prove difficult.

The daylong gathering, sponsored by the Alaska Federation of Natives, highlighted successes and failures of the current justice system. It was portrayed as a patchwork of state, federal and tribal programs that cover only a portion of Alaska’s rural communities, even as the bush suffers higher-than-average rates of alcohol-related crimes, sexual assaults and domestic violence.

Link: http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/4227684p-4239643c.html

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