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NCJ Number: 120270 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoners' Rights to State Programs (Update 85.122)
Author(s): M Jennings
Corporate Author: Alaska State Legislature
House Research Agency
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Alaska State Legislature
Juneau, AK 99801
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This summary of prisoners' civil rights in Alaska emphasizes their rights concerning access to funds provided under certain State programs and on the potential attachment of their State Permanent Fund Dividends to compensate crime victims.
Abstract: Legislation enacted in 1986 specifically suspends the rights of a convicted person to vote and to serve on a jury. In addition, a prisoner's right of access to the courts is no longer precluded, although prisoners do not have the right to appear personally in court, particularly in a court action unrelated to the prisoner's confinement. Persons confined to a penal institution are also excluded from participating in several State programs, including the longevity bonus, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, State employee benefits, and adult public assistance. Nevertheless, they are eligible to receive Permanent Funds Dividends, although the law allows 100 percent of the dividends to be attached for court-ordered restitution. A discussion of each section of the legislation is included.
Main Term(s): Prisoner's rights
Index Term(s): Alaska; State aid; State regulations
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