New Justice Center Web Site

New Justice Center Web Site

Melissa S. Green

Green, Melissa S. "New Justice Center Web Site." Alaska Justice Forum12(4): 4-5 (Winter 1996). An introduction to the kinds of justice and legal resources available through the Justice Center Web Site, which went online in December 1995.

Web note: This article is included online as it originally appeared in print. Because URLs (World Wide Web addresses) frequently change (including the Justice Center Web Site address since this article was first published), some of the URLs provided in this article may no longer be accurate and links to outside resources have in most cases not been implemented.

The Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has opened a channel to on-line information on justice and law to anyone with access to the World Wide Web (WWW). The new Internet site is designed to act as a one-stop Internet resource for University of Alaska students, justice and legal professionals, Alaska citizens, and others concerned about justice and law in Alaska. Part of Camai, UAA's Campus-Wide Information System, the web site provides information about the Justice Center's baccalaureate and paralegal certificate programs, as well as Justice Center and Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Unit research, the complete Justice Center bibliography, and articles from the Alaska Justice Forum.

Other resources available at the site include detailed, annotated listings, with links, of Alaska, national, and international web sites dealing with Alaska Natives and justice, corrections, the courts, crime and crime prevention, government, juvenile justice, law, law enforcement, justice legislation, and other relevant topics. A "Legal & Justice Research" page makes it possible to conduct on-line research on Alaska and federal statutory and case law. On the World Wide Web, a link can be followed simply by selecting it; this site makes hundreds of justice and legal resources throughout the world immediately available.

A sampler of resources available through links from the Justice Center web site:

  • The Alaska Court System (http://www.alaska.net/~akctlib/homepage.htm) has a page maintained by the staff of the Alaska Court Libraries, and provides recent appellate court decisions (slip opinions), Alaska Rules of Court, Alaska Court System press releases, and other resources.
  • The Alaska Justice Resource Center (http://Justice.uafss.alaska.edu/). A service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Justice Department, this site includes a Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) database based on crime data reported annually in the FBI's Crime in the United States. The UCR database comprises UCR index crime data for 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 1993, and will expand as future UCRs are published. The database includes all U.S. cities with populations of over 100,000 for years prior to 1993. Alaska cities in the database include Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.
  • The Alaska State Legislature (http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/LEGISLATURE/home.htm) web site includes addresses, email addresses, and information about all Alaska legislators. The legislature's Textual Infobases (http://www.legis. state.ak.us/) are word-searchable on Alaska Statutes, the Alaska Constitution, Legislative Uniform Rules, Alaska State Executive Orders, the Alaska Administrative Journal, current and previous years' legislative information (House bills and resolutions, House and Senate journals, committee minutes, and session laws and resolves), and a catalog of Legislative Research Agency memoranda (which can be ordered through Legislative Information Offices).
  • Cop Net (http://police.sas.ab.ca/) is a central resource for police officers and law enforcement agencies, with links to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and other nations, as well as numerous other resources. Portions of this site are available only to sworn officers with password access; information on getting a password is provided.
  • Cornell University's Legal Information Institute (http://www.law.cornell.edu/) offers recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, recent decisions of the New York Court of Appeals, the full U.S. Code, and other important legal documents.
  • Hieros Gamos (http://www.hg.org/), according to its home page, provides national and international listings for "every organization, association, law school, firm, vendor, consultant, etc. directly or indirectly involved with the legal profession."
  • Introduction to American Justice (http://orion.alaska.edu/~afdsw/justice.html) is an educational resource site designed by Justice Center faculty member Darryl Wood. Especially designed for students in Wood's Justice 110 "Introduction to Justice" class, this site is an interactive primer for learning about the American justice system, with comprehensive class lecture notes and pointers to resources in all aspects of the Alaska and U.S. justice systems.
  • The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (http://icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR_ homepage.html) is a membership-based, not-for-profit, organization serving member colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Its web site provides access to a large archive of machine-readable social science data, including the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CJAIN/nacjd.html).
  • The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) (http://ncjrs. aspensys.com:81/1/new2/homepage.html), the most extensive source of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world, is a collection of information clearinghouses supporting bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice: the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency. It also provides support for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  • Native Americans and the Environment (http://www.indians.org/library/) provides links and articles on environmental justice, treaties, land and water rights, and other issues related to Native Americans and the environment.
  • Shattered Love, Broken Lives (http://www.ultranet.com/newstandard/projects/DomVio/domviohome.HTML) archives 60 articles, published over 11 days in the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Massachusetts, based on six months of investigation into the causes of domestic violence, victims, and solutions.
  • Vote Smart Web (http://www.vote-smart.org/) from Project Vote Smart is a project of the Center for National Independence in Politics, a national nonpartisan nonprofit organization focused on providing citizens/voters with information about the political system, issues, candidates, and elected officials. Vote Smart Web provides access to campaign finance data, voting records, and performance evaluations prepared by competing special interest organizations, as well as biographical backgrounds and other information on members of Congress and candidates for federal and gubernatorial offices; it is expanding to include state legislative officials and candidates.

The Justice Center web site does not replace these or any of the other over 300 links listed on its pages, but rather makes existing Internet resources on justice and law, particularly pertaining to Alaska, available in one place. It can be reached using any World Wide Web browser such as Lynx, Netscape, or Mosaic at:

http://orion.alaska.edu/just/home.html

Web note: The Justice Center Web Site's address has changed since this article was written to http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/.

Like most sites on the World Wide Web, the Justice Center web site is continually "under construction." Comments and suggestions are welcome, including suggestions for additional links to justice and legal resources. Comments may be sent by email to ayjust@uaa.alaska.edu.

Melissa Green, the publication specialist at the Justice Center, designed the Justice Center web site.