Alaska Justice Forum 16(4), Winter 2000

Alaska Justice Forum 16(4), Winter 2000

"Obstacles to Minority Employment in Criminal Justice: Recruiting Alaska Natives" by John Riley

Alaska Natives constitute approximately 17 per cent of the state's population, but are under-represented in justice system employment and over-represented among those who are arrested, convicted, and incarcerated. This article describes preliminary results of a project designed to yield information about the range of issues that influence perceptions of correctional work among Alaska Natives and which may influence the recruitment of Alaska Natives to careers in corrections. Statistics on Native employment in the Alaska justice system are also provided.

"Victimization among American Native Peoples"

According to the most recent and reliable figures assembled, the rate of violent victimization among American Indians—a group defined to include Alaska Natives—is more than twice as high as the national average. The disparity in rates occurs across age groups, sexes, housing locations and income groups. National data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on crime victimization by Alaska Natives and American Indians are presented in this article, including figures on Native victims of murder.

"Center Welcomes Researchers"

Maurice Godwin and Matthew Giblin have joined the Justice Center as research associates.