As the campaign against sex trafficking grows into a $47 million cottage industry, it has also been spurring a “moral panic” that sex workers say makes them increasingly vulnerable to police abuse, and turns them into targets for those with religious or moral objections to prostitution.
James Dale Ritchie, 40, was a promising athlete whose life had been lost to narcotics. He was killed by other officers after ambushing an Anchorage cop in his patrol car. His gun has been linked to five homicides in July and August in the Alaska city. Ritchie once wrote to a judge, “I’ve ruined my life.”
Pretrial supervision, revised drug penalties and alternatives to prison for low-level offenders are among the reforms needed to reduce Alaska’s growing prison population and high recidivism rate, according to the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. The state's prison population has grown by 27 percent in the last decade and its corrections system cost $327 million in fiscal year 2014, said the report, released last month. According to projections, Alaska will need to house an additional 1,416 inmates by 2024, which is […]