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Witnesses endorse tribal courts as a solution 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Alaska has already outgrown the $250-million Goose Creek Correctional Center that opened in 2012. Instead of pouring more money into building and maintaining prisons, people testifying in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Anchorage on Thursday said it’d be smarter to turn some of the money toward keeping people out of prison. 

Oil revenues will be $374 million more than earlier projected, but down almost four billion from peak revenues of a few years ago, and $1.5 billion less than the state's FY2014 budget.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is pushing to modify legislation that could result in more tribal court jurisdiction in Alaska.