Alaska Hope Court participants are selected and invited to join the program; these individuals are federal offenders who are on supervised release from prison, many of whom have substance abuse problems. Reentry courts offer assistance to released offenders and have been shown to impact recidivism.
The launch of this first federal reentry court in Alaska was spearheaded by Chief Magistrate Judge Smith; Rich Curtner, Federal Defender; Karen Loeffler, U.S. Attorney; and Matthew Jedrosko, Chief of the U.S. Probation Office.
|U.S. District Court Chief Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith speaks to students about reentry courts.|