Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) In an effort to get violent offenders off the street, the U.S. Attorneys Office in Anchorage is ready to provide police more resources.
Acting U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder announced he would provide prosecutors to work certain violent crimes based on the criminals and their criminal history. It is part of a new program announced the federal government, Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Anchorage has seen a large increase in violent crimes in the past year. Federal guideline and mandatory minimum sentences are often tougher than Alaska sentences. Prosecutors will assist Anchorage Police by being available to respond to murder cases and shootings. The Federal Government also has the death penalty for certain murder cases. Other resources will be available to assist crime scene investigators.
The U.S. Attorney will also assist Alaska State Troopers in homicides and violent crimes they work in rural Alaska.