State Changes Policy on Plea Deals After Review

The Alaska Department of Law says it won't negotiate plea deals any more for lesser sentences for individuals accused of serious crimes and domestic violence.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Alaska Department of Law says it won't negotiate plea deals any more for lesser sentences for individuals accused of serious crimes and domestic violence.

The new policy follows a state review that found prosecutors made an inappropriately light plea agreement in 2009 with Jerry Active. Active currently stands accused in the deaths of an Anchorage couple earlier this year.


Deputy Attorney General Richard Svobodny says the change will prohibit 

plea bargains involving sentences for the most serious classes of felonies and cases involving sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and domestic violence.


Prosecutors will be allowed to offer defendants the opportunity to be charged with a less serious crime but can't offer a deal that would change the length of a sentence.