Alaska Justice Forum 10(3), Fall 1993


"A Picture of Rural Justice: Alaska Judicial Council Studies" by Teresa W. Carns

In 1987 the Alaska Judicial Council made access to justice services in rural Alaska its top research priority. At that time more than 100 villages throughout the state lacked resident justice services beyond the presence of a Village Police Officer (VPSO) or Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO). By 1993 the picture had changed dramatically. Now more than 100 tribal courts and councils provide services to residents of their communities. This article describes several Alaska Judicial Council studies which document the increased attention to rural justice.

"HIV in U.S. Prisons (A BJS Report)" by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

In 1991, 2.2 percent of federal and state prison inmates were reported to have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. This article presents statistics on prisoners infected with HIV in state and federal correction institutions at yearend 1991.

"Alaska Criminal History Data"

The FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics have developed a set of ten recommended standards for maintaining criminal history information. Compliance with the standards is voluntary. This article presents findings from a 1992 assessment review by SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, of Alaska criminal history data and describes Alaska's compliance with the FBI/BJS voluntary reporting standards.

"Homicide in Alaska: 1975–1992"

This article presents statistics from 1975 to 1992 on murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Alaska overall, and compares Alaska rates with homicide rates nationwide. Alaska homicide rates were below the national average from 1988 to 1992.