Alaska Justice Forum 15(3), Fall 1998


"Inmate Histories: Evidence of Childhood Abuse"

Individuals incarcerated on a long-term basis within Alaska's prisons show evidence of having experienced a high rate of abuse during their childhoods. The finding is the result of a survey of long-term inmates conducted by the Justice Center and the Alaska Department of Corrections. This article summarizes findings of the study, which had three primary concerns: to describe the childhood abuse experiences of a sample of long-term inmates; to examine the issues of a "cycle of violence"; and to discern correlates of abuse which may have an impact on offense patterns or inmate behavior.

"Prisoners in the U.S. in 1997 (A BJS Report)" by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the total number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of federal or state correctional systems grew 5.2 percent during 1997, with 1,244,554 individuals incarcerated in the nation's prisons and jails at the end of the year. From 1987 through 1997, the U.S. prison population increased 113.5 percent, while that of Alaska grew 45.5 percent. This article was derives from the Bureau of Justice Statistics report "Prisoners in 1997," NCJ-170014.

"Probation Revocation and Ethnicity"

As part of the work of the Alaska Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access, the Alaska Judicial Council designed and implemented a limited examination of felony probation revocation cases. One purpose of the study was to determine was to determine if Alaska Native offenders whose probationary status had been revoked received different dispositions on revocation than persons from other ethnic backgrounds. This article summarizes findings from the study, which involved only 154 cases from a three-year time span.