Tell Senators to Pass HB 127 and Return PFDs to Exonerees!
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Sign the Petition: Return PFDs to Exonerees!
Deliver to: Senators Pete Kelly, John Coghill, and Kevin Meyer
HB 127 rights a terrible wrong. People who are incarcerated for felonies are not eligible to receive their PFDs, but what happens when a conviction is vacated, reversed, or overturned? Right now, nothing: exonerees do not back get any of the PFDs that were seized during their incarceration.
A wrongfully-charged person is released from jail without any way to recoup what is owed to them. The Fairbanks Four, for example, had their convictions vacated and all the charges against them were dismissed. The four were free to walk out of the court house but had nothing to show for the last eighteen years. Among the things lost to them were Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends for those eighteen years, even though they were no longer convicted of any crimes. This is the unjust situation that many Alaskans find themselves in.
It is simply unfair that those who are exonerated have both years of their lives and their PFDs taken from them. Lawmakers cannot return the wasted time, but they can return the PFDs. HB 127 would do just that. It passed the House by an overwhelming 38-1 vote, but has been stuck in the Senate State Affairs Committee for almost a year. Tell Senate leaders to do the right thing, respect Alaskans' rights, and pass HB 127.
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