Alaska Justice Forum 27(4), Winter 2011
The Winter 2011 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum features articles on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act designed to facilitate offender reentry throughout the United States; the Fairbanks gang assessment — the first structured study of gang activity in Alaska; and a summary of a Bureau of Justice Statistics report on law enforcementn agencies with special gang crime units.
"Prisoner Reentry and the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act" by Deborah Periman
The Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, designed to facilitate offender reentry throughout the United States, is model legislation approved by he National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). Model or uniform legislation does not carry the force of law, but are important in shaping the development of law across the country. The newly approved Uniform Collateral Consequences Act is currently under consideration in Nevada, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This article describes its provisions and its implications for Alaska. Includes a brief bibliography.
"Gangs: National Data and the Fairbanks Gang Assessment" by Khristy Parker and Shea Daniels
The Fairbanks Gang Assessment, completed in 2010, is the first structured study of gang activity in Alaska. This article examines gang member demographics, gang membership motivation, problems caused by gangs, and possible solutions to gang problems in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Selected national gang data and trends are also examined.
"Legal Definitions of Gang and Gang Crime"
Legal definitions of gang and gang crime vary among federal and state jurisdictions, which are described in this brief article.
"Gang Units in Local Law Enforcement Agencies"
This article summarizes a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on 365 of the nation's large (100 or more sworn officers) police departments and sheriffs' offices with a unit focusing on gang crime. Currently there are no dedicated gang units in any Alaska law enforcement agencies. Includes a brief bibliography on gangs.