Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission Hopes for Reauthorization

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Stoel Rives attorney and Anchorage office managing partner Jim Torgerson recently discussed the future of the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission with Alex Demarban of The Alaska Dispatch. Established by then U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and the U.S. Congress in 2004, the 10 member panel has worked to address some of the social challenges facing rural Alaskans. Torgerson has served on the panel since the Commission's founding. In 2010, Congress failed to approve a $275,000 earmark request for the Commission, and as a result the panel has now exhausted its funding.

Torgerson urged continued governmental investment in the mission of the Commission, because many improvements are still needed in rural Alaska. "I really hope we'll have the resources to carry on this work," he said.

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"Does Alaska's Rural Justice Commission have a future?" was published by The Alaska Dispatch, February 20, 2012.

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