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<br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Sponsored by: Janke <br /> <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2002-017 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, IN SUPPORT OF THE CONCEPT OF ESTABLISHING MUL TI- <br />PLE CITY OWNED, STATE OPERATED PRISONS <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the State of Alaska recognizes the pressing need to reduce overcrowding in its <br />prisons and bring home the 800 plus prisoners that are presently housed in out-of-state correctional <br />facilities; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the State of Alaska expends approximately $18 million annually to transport <br />and house prisoners in out-of-state facilities; funds that if expended in the State of Alaska could <br />significantly benefit state and local economies; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the development of new or expanded prisons in Alaska's municipalities would <br />benefit Alaskans by providing much needed construction and permanent, year-round prison jobs; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, maintaining prisoners within the State allows for them to be closer to their <br />families and culture which enhances the potential for prisoner rehabilitation; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, expansions of many of Alaska's existing prisons can be accomplished more <br />cost effectively than by constructing new prisons; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the State of Alaska Department of Corrections has a long standing history of <br />providing consistent correctional practices that protect the public's safety, allow for community <br />participation through government to government transactions and address statewide and regional <br />correction needs: <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br />SEWARD, ALASKA, that: <br /> <br />Section 1. The City of Seward supports the general concept of a comprehensive state-wide <br />approach to prison development, where the financial and clinical benefits of expanding existing <br />prisons are equally considered with the development of new prisons. <br /> <br />Section 2. The new or expanded prisons be owned by the City and operated by the State of <br />Alaska Department of Corrections under a long-term lease with the City. <br /> <br />Section 3. The City of Seward supports the expansion ofthe Spring Creek Correction facility. <br /> <br />Section 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption. <br />