This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
The Department of Law’s new policy sends the right message.
It’s a message reinforcing appropriate penalties for serious crimes, including domestic violence.
As of this week, state prosecutors won’t include sentences in plea bargains.
They will offer defendants lesser charges and the opportunity to avoid trial, but sentences won’t be in the bargain.
This pertains to the most serious felonies and all cases involving sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and domestic violence.