Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Governor Bill Walker yesterday transmitted two pieces of legislation he said would continue progress on building a Safer Alaska.
The first bill seeks to address child abuse and neglect by taking a number of important actions: It would expand the requirement of mandatory reporter training to all mandatory reporters, not just those who are state and school district employees, expand training requirements for parents and teachers related to sexual abuse of a minor to include identification of grooming behaviors, incentivize school districts to provide information to employees with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct toward a child and rename a portion of Alaska Statues that addresses training for parents and teachers on teen dating violence and healthy relationships as 'Bree's Law."
Walker said this is a good first step in handling child abuse and neglect, “The issue of child abuse and neglect is difficult to solve, but it is our responsibility to continue to do all we can to protect our children and build a Safer Alaska,” Governor Walker said. “Alaska’s children must be safe in their homes, schools, and communities, and this legislation builds upon steps already taken to achieve that goal, and helps us all pull together for our children’s futures.”
The second piece of legislation furthers the state’s goal of successfully rehabilitating prisoners by increasing access to rehabilitation and reentry programs. Preventing recidivism is a critical part of reducing the overall crime rate and ensuring incarcerated individuals have the necessary resources to continue their recovery will augment efforts already underway in the Department of Corrections.