State prosecutors will no longer negotiate plea deals for lesser sentences for Alaskans accused of serious crimes and domestic violence, the Alaska Department of Law said Tuesday.
The change of policy, which took effect Tuesday, bars plea bargains involving sentences for the most serious classes of felony cases, as well as all cases involving sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and domestic violence, said deputy attorney general Richard Svobodny.
I thoroughly endorse this move on the State's part. Despite the high rate of recidivism, most perpetrators of the crimes described above are back on the streets quickly after a conviction. There, they're free to do it all over again, obviously not fearing another slap on the wrist.
"No more plea bargains" means those convicted will fact stiffer sentences - and that's a Very Good Thing.