Our vision: Leading Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society.
In this issue of the Forum, you will find a timeline of selected milestones from the Justice Center's past 40 years (pages 2–3). The Justice Center continues to be a leader in civil and criminal justice education in Alaska, and in research on justice issues in rural and urban Alaska. Over the past four decades, our faculty and research staff have contributed to studies ranging from the revision of the Alaska Criminal Code to the development of the master plan for corrections. More recent research studies and Forum articles have focused on issues such as violence against women, policing, substance abuse, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the role of Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs), corrections, and homelessness in Alaska. The Justice Center is in the UAA College of Health, and as part of an interdisciplinary effort examines the nexus of crime and public health.
The Justice Center is also a teaching unit and offers courses in Justice and Legal Studies. A high number of our graduates go on to graduate school and law school. Justice and Legal Studies graduates are employed in federal, state, and government agencies; Native corporations; law firms; and nonprofits throughout Alaska and Outside. Many of our alumni have assumed positions of leadership in the justice community.
We appreciate the support over the years of our university and community partners in fulfilling our mission and look forward to continuing our work in the challenging years ahead.