Sen. Costello: Survey results show growing concern over crime
An Anchorage senator says it's time for the Legislature to revisit crime laws.
Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) is among a handful of lawmakers growing frustrated with growing crime rates statewide.
On Wednesday, she released results from a Facebook survey her office conducted last week. She says 4500 people responded during 10 days the survey stayed online.
Some of the findings include:
- Nearly 89 percent agreed that crime is among the most series issues Alaskans face and believe lawmakers can do more.
- About 85 percent have been a victim of a crime or know someone who has in the last two years.
- About 80 percent have changed their regular routine because they remain worried about the prospects of crime.
Costello says the reasons for the survey were twofold: constituents asked her to push for changes in criminal law; questions of crime were not part of a Senate majority’s survey.
“This survey tells me they want to be talking about this everyday issue that’s talking about their lives,” Costello said. “The problem I see is that we’re not talking about this in the Legislature.”
Costello considers the survey a mandate from Alaskans who expect lawmakers to get tougher on crime and close loopholes.
Costello also has a bill to overturn SB 91. It’s a crime bill she co-sponsored but has come under heavy public and legislative scrutiny for perceived loopholes since it passed two years ago.
“This issue is that we’re not talking about it in this building,” she said in a morning press briefing. “So, no one is talking about crime. Back in our communities, they are talking about crime and crime is very important.”
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