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Alaska Justice Forum 29(3–4), Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Mediation has become a competition among brands vying for distinction based more on market concerns than genuine difference. This is not a positive development for a professional field of endeavor. Mediation has much more to offer than competing claims of superiority that attempt to deride and disparage the competition. This article, which is written from a sociological viewpoint, challenges these claims and suggests that the mediation community should develop instead a broader integrated approach to mediation that is pragmatic, flexible, open-source, and based on a robust theoretical foundation.

"Alaska Correctional Populations 2011"

This article provides a description of Alaska correctional populations in 2011 based upon the Alaska Department of Corrections 2011 offender profile. At the end of 2011, there was a total of 5,727 offenders in prisons, jails, community residential centers, treatment centers, or offsite monitoring programs, and an additonal 5,951 offenders on probation or parole.

"Trends in Alaska Offender Demographics"

An aging offender population, a change in the proportion of offenders sentenced for violent versus non-violent crimes, an increase in offenders in community residential caenters and offiste programs, and an increase in average length of stay for felony and misdemeanor convictions are among the trends in Alaska offender demographics as described in the Alaska Department of Corrections 2011 offender profile.

"U.S. Correctional Populations 2011"

At year-end 2011, 1,504,150 offenders were incarcerated in the U.S. under federal or state jurisdiction, and an additional 735,601 individuals were in custody under local jurisdiction, for a total of 2,239,751 incarcerated individuals in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The U.S. corrections population in 2011 declined for the third consecutive year, but the U.S. continues to lead all other nations in both the rate of incarceration and the actual number of incarcerated persons.

"Alaska Prisoner Reentry Task Force Update"

The Alaska Prisoner Reentry Task Force, a sub-committee of the Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG), focuses on promoting the goal that individuals released from incarceration do not return to custody. This article presents an update on progress on the Alaska Five-Year Prisoner Reentry Strategic Plan, 2011-2016, which was released by Task Force in February 2011.

"Staff Changes"

Charlotte Titus has joined the Justice Center staff as office manager.