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NEWS: Senator French Requests Legislative Briefing On Inmate Fatalities at Alaska’s Correctional Facilities

For Immediate Release: June 13th, 2014

Senator French Requests Legislative Briefing On Inmate Fatalities at Alaska’s Correctional Facilities

Senator calls for meeting with Commissioner on DOC protocols for inmate safety

         ANCHORAGE – Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Department of Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt asking for a legislative briefing on DOC protocols for inmate health screening and risk mitigation.

         ““The Department of Corrections deals with thousands of inmates a day.  Like many Alaskans I am concerned about recent deaths.  I have invited the Commissioner to brief me and other legislators on what kind of screening is done for physical or mental health issues, and what protocols are or need to be in place to ensure best practices for the care of the Alaskans while in the custody of the Department of Corrections,” said Senator French.

         To view the letter to Commissioner Schmidt, click here:
         http://alaskasenatedems.com/docs/061214_Commissioner-Schmidt.pdf

         For more information contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 465-5319.

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