JUNEAU, Alaska — The state Senate has passed a proposal that would give crime victims more rights to get their property back more quickly.
Sen. Fred Dyson (R-Eagle River) proposed the change.
According to Dyson, when police departments recover stolen property they frequently hold it as evidence for months or even years. He says that bureaucracy can further harm people who have already been victimized by crime.
Dyson's bill -- which was approved unanimously Wednesday -- would give crime victims a right to ask the court if they can get their property back if it's no longer necessary to an investigation.
The bill now heads over to the House of Representatives.
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