The UAA Justice Center, established by the Alaska Legislature in 1975, has a mandate
to provide statewide justice-related education, research, and service. The Justice
Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate and professional education;
conducts research in the areas of crime, law, and justice; and provides services to
government units, justice agencies, and community organizations throughout urban and
rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy, and just society.
The Justice Center is an academic and research unit within theCollege of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We offeracademic programs in Justice and in Legal Studies. The Legal Studies programs are approved by the American Bar Association. Our faculty
conductresearchin a number of areas including violence and violent crime, law and the courts, substance
abuse, rural justice issues, homelessness, policing, and juvenile justice.
Students from the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice course saw the process in action during a tour of the Alaska Department of Public Safety Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory. They learned how to collect and analyze common types of evidence found at crime scenes including fingerprints, footprints and DNA.
How do you follow up a landmark policing career that not only culminated in becoming chief of police, but also occurred during a watershed period of accountability in law enforcement across the country? For justice alumnus Kenneth McCoy, you become the very first chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer for Alaska’s largest employer.
Mateo Jaime, a Legal Studies student, arrived at the court hearing that would, finally, end his years in custody of the Alaska Office of Children’s Services in a buoyant mood. At age 21, young adults “age out” of foster care in Alaska if they have not been adopted or reunified with parents. A judge approves it in a hearing that amounts to a grim bureaucratic formality: A child has passed into adulthood without the foster care system laying a path to permanent legal family for them, and now they are on their own.
The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) compiles, analyzes, and reports on criminal justice topics in order to improve public
safety, to increase criminal justice system accountability, and to reduce recidivism.