Alaska Justice System Operating Expenditures

Alaska Justice System Operating Expenditures

Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. (Winter 2006). "Alaska Justice System Operating Expenditures." Alaska Justice Forum 22(4): 4. This article briefly describes changes in Alaska justice system operating expenses from fiscal year 1990 to fiscal year 2006. During this time, expenditures have increased 69 percent. The rise was dominated by an increase in the budget of the Alaska Department of Corrections, which almost doubled between FY 1990 and FY 2006.

Alaska justice system operating expenditures have increased 69 percent since FY 1990. The rise in expenditures is dominated by the increase in the budget of the Department of Corrections, which almost doubled between FY 1990 and FY 2006 (Table 1 and Figure 1).

In FY 1990, the total operating budget for the major justice system agencies (Law, Corrections, Public Safety, the Court System, the Public Defender and the Office of Public Advocacy) was just over $284 million; in FY 2006, it was close to $479 million. The growth in the budget for the Department of Corrections accounts for half of this total increase. From FY 1990 to FY 2006, the DOC operating budget grew from nearly $99 million to just under $196 million.

These figures for justice system expenditures do not include capital expenses or local costs, such as for a municipal police agency; nor do they include the costs for the administration of juvenile justice functions. They have not been adjusted for inflation.

Figure 1. Alaska Justice Agencies, Operating Budgets, FY 1990 to FY 2006
Table 1. Alaska Justice Agencies, Operating Budgets, FY 1990 to FY 2006