Justice Center

  • Justice Center

    We are a teaching and research unit offering academic programs in Justice and Legal Studies. Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in justice issues including the courts, corrections, policing, recidivism, violence against women, and substance abuse.

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Leading Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society

 

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Faculty and staff are working remotely at this time. Please leave a detailed message at (907) 786-1810. Messages are reviewed and responded to Monday through Friday.

 

Academics

 

Research

  • Introduction to Restorative JusticeInterested in exploring the philosophy of restorative justice?

    Course: JUST A211

    Title: Introduction to Restorative Justice

    CRN: 76473

    Introduction to Restorative Justice looks into how communities, those who were harmed, and those who cause harm can work together to heal, ensure accountability, and prevent further harm. Face-to-face classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. No textbook required. Readings provided free of charge! Questions? Contact Dr. Ingrid Johnson at idjohnson@alaska.edu or 907-786-1126.

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  • Sentencing, Crime & PunishmentHow do criminal prosecutions go wrong?

    Course: JUST A490

    Title: Sentencing, Crime & Punishment

    CRN: 76487

    How did decades of sentencing reform contribute to mass incarceration? Students will explore and discuss the impact of inequalities based on race, gender, and class on the operation of contemporary courts. Topics examined include problems in sentencing, plea bargaining, and prosecutorial discretion. 

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  • Introduction to LawLooking into a career in law?

    Course: LEGL A101

    Title: Introduction to Law

    CRN (online): 76486

    CRN (face-to-face): 76481

    LEGL A101 is an introductory course on law in America, including constitutional issues, contracts, torts, criminal law, and the structure of the legal system. This course is offered both online and face-to-face and you can earn GER credits! Questions? Contact Jason Brandeis at jbrandeis@alaska.edu or 907-786-1812.

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  • Introduction to Juvenile JusticeWhat is juvenile delinquency?

    Course: JUST A175

    Title: Introduction to Juvenile Justice

    CRN: 77008

    What is the purpose of juvenile justice? How can we prevent juvenile delinquency? Explore these questions and more in Introduction to Juvenile Justice and you can earn GER credits! Face-to-face classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Questions? Contact Dr. Allan Barnes at arbarnes@alaska.edu or 907-786-1819.

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  • Introduction to Criminal JusticeHow does our society respond to crime?

    Course: JUST A110

    Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice

    CRN: 71569

    What about the rights of those caught up in the criminal justice system? How do the different parts of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections—work in response to crime? Explore these questions and more in Introduction to Criminal Justice and you can earn GER credits! Questions? Contact Dr. Allan Barnes at arbarnes@alaska.edu or 907-786-1819.

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  • Cover of Alaska Police Officer Use of Deadly Force by AJiCAJiC recommends standardized database for tracking officer use of deadly force

    April 22, 2021

    The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage has released Alaska Police Officer Use of Deadly Force: 2010-2020, a new report that compiles 11 years of casefiles from the Alaska Department of Law Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) involving police officer use of deadly force from 2010 to October 2020, covering a total of 92 incidents, 100 citizens, and 295 officers. This is the first time Alaska-specific data have been compiled and examined across a multi-year timespan—representing a valuable new resource for data-informed decision making. You can read the full review here.

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 786-1810

Fax: (907) 786-7777

Email:  uaa.justice@alaska.edu

Address: 
Justice Center
University of Alaska Anchorage
PSB Suite 234,
3211 Providence Drive

AnchorageAK 99508


 

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What's Next?

We've asked recent Justice Center graduates what their plans were after graduation. Here's what they had to say:

  • Portrait of Gloria Miller

    "After graduation, I plan to continue working as a paralegal. I have also applied for law school and hope to attend in the fall of 2021!"

    — Gloria Miller
    BA Legal Studies, Justice Minor, Fall 2020

  • Portrait of Shawna Lee

    "They say doors open with a degree. My immediate plans are to see what's out there, hopefully in the justice field. Long-term goals depend on those immediate plans and I am hoping that whatever it is, I am happy and made a difference."

    — Shawna Lee
    BA Justice, Fall 2020

  • Portrait of Alexander Choi

    "Joining the Anchorage Police Department."

    — Alexander Choi
    BA Justice, Fall 2020