Alaska Justice Forum 15(4), Winter 1999


"Growth in Corrections: State, National and International Numbers"

Since 1998, Alaska's prison population has grown by 57 percent and the rate of incarceration has grown by 18 percent, while over the same period the overall state population grew by only 16 percent. The increase in the number of people under the supervision of the Alaska Department of Corrections shadows a much greater expansion in the prison population in the nation as a whole. This article presents Alaska and U.S. figures on correctional populations over an eleven-year period from 1988 to 1998.

"Substance Abuse Among Prisoners (A BJS Report)" by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

Over 570,000 of the nation's prisoners (51%) reported the use of alcohol or drugs while committing their offense, according to the 1997 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities.

"Rates of Reported Crimes in Alaska 1988–1997"

According to figures assembled under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, the overall rate of reported crime in Alaska grew by only 7 percent from 1988 through 1997. This article summarizes crime statistics in Alaska over the ten-year period from 1988 to 1997.