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About Us

Our Vision

Leading Alaska to a safer, healthier, and more just society.

Our Values

Excellence, Integrity, Dedication, Inspiration, Respect, Collegiality

Our Mission

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.


We are an academic and research unit in the College of Health in the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). UAA is a four-year institution accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCUU). We offer academic programs in Justice and in Legal Studies. The Legal Studies programs are approved by the American Bar Association.

Our faculty conduct research in a number of areas including violence and violent crime, law and the courts, substance abuse, rural justice issues, homelessness, policing, and juvenile justice.  The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is housed in the Justice Center.  Our research publications include the Alaska Justice Forum and the AJiC Fact Sheet.


Justice Center faculty and staff are experts in a number of areas related to criminal justice and legal studies, including:

  • Constitutional analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Crime mapping
  • Data analysis
  • Legal analysis, research, and writing
  • Legal education
  • Policy review
  • Process and outcome evaluation
  • Recidivism analysis
  • Survey data collection and analysis
  • Survival analyis
  • Trial preparation

Research Areas

Justice Center faculty and staff engage in research in areas related to criminal justice and public health including:

  • Access to justice
  • Administrative courts
  • Civil liberties
  • Collateral consequences of conviction
  • Comparative law and legal systems
  • Corrections
  • Crime and public health
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal case processing
  • Empirical legal studies
  • Homelessness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law and the courts
  • Lay judges and adjudication
  • Marijuana law and policy
  • Offender reentry
  • Policing
  • Public administration law
  • Recidivism
  • Regulation of the legal profession
  • Sexual assault
  • Specialized and alternative courts
  • Substance abuse
  • Victimization
  • Violence and violent crime


Find us

Effective Aug. 19, 2019: The Justice Center is located in the Professional Studies Building (PSB), Suite 234, at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus at 3211 Providence Dr. PSB is located on the west side of campus, near the intersection of Lake Otis Parkway and Providence Drive.