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Alaska Justice Forum 23(1), Spring 2006

The Spring 2006 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum features articles on case processing in sexual assault cases, a review of the report of the Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, and a bibliography of six major commissions which have examined the spectrum of Alaska justice system issues since the early 1990s.

"Sexual Assault Case Processing: A Descriptive Model of Attrition and Decision Making"
by G. Matthew Snodgrass

The outcomes of sexual assaults involving one suspect and one victim reported to the Anchorage Police Department (APD) in 2000 to 2003 were examined. Overall, 1,235 sexual assaults were reported to APD during this period, of which 1,074 involved one suspect and one victim. Data were collected on 1,052 of these cases to learn how the Alaska Department of Law disposed of these cases. Of the 1,052 cases examined, 188 (17.9%) were referred to the Department of Law, 127 were accepted for prosecution, and 111 resulted in a conviction. Clearly, the point of greatest attrition is from report to referral, with 85.2 percent of reported sexual assaults not being referred for prosecution. However, most offenders whose cases reach prosecutors are held accountable in some degree through the imposition of criminal sanctions.

"Report From the Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission" by Antonia Moras

The Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission is the latest government-appointed commission to study the Alaska justice system. This article describes the nine general recommendations contained in the Initial Report and Recommendations of the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, which was released in April 2006, and compares its recommendations with those of five other major commissions which have examined the spectrum of Alaska justice system issues since the early 1990s. Included is a brief bibliography of reports from all six commissions discussed.

"Reports of Other Commissions"

A brief bibliography of the reports of six major commissions which have examined the spectrum of Alaska justice system issues since the early 1990s.