Alaska Justice Forum 8(2), Summer 1991


"Patterns of Reported Crime in Alaska Villages" by Otwin Marenin

Little is known with any accuracy about patterns of crime in the Native villages of Alaska; yet without decent data, theories of crime are incomplete and policy is blind or misdirected. This article presents data from a study of crime in five unnamed Athabascan villages in central Alaska from 1985 through 1990. In addition to an analysis of the characteristics of the reported crimes, the article includes extracts from Village Public Safety Officer and Alaska State Trooper reports that provide concrete details of individual incidents and a sense of context.

"Tracking Offenders, 1988 (A BJS Report)" by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

Data from eight U.S. states, including Alaska, indicate that for every 100 persons arrested for a felony in 1988, 81 were prosecuted, 59 were convicted, 39 were sentenced to incarceration, and 10 were committed to a state prison, usually for more than a year. These findings are based on data submitted to the Offender-Based Transaction Statistics (OBTS) program of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which tracks adult offenders from the point of entry into the criminal justice system through final disposition. Six additional states provide data beginning after the decision to prosecute. Based on the BJS report "Tracking Offenders, 1988," NCJ-129861.

"Alaska OBTS" by Allan R. Barnes

The Offender Based Transaction Statistics (OBTS) program of the Bureau of Justice Statistics tracks adult offenders from point of entry into the criminal justice system through final disposition, and is designed to permit assessment of the performance of the adult criminal justice system . This article describes Alaska's participation in the OBTS program, which is administered by the Statistical Analysis Unit (SAU) of the Justice Center.

"Violent Crime Control Act of 1991" by the Criminal Justice Statistics Association

This article describes key provisions of the Violent Crime Control Act of 1991, which passed the U.S. Senate on July 11, 1991, and awaited passage by the U.S. House of Representatives.