Alaska Justice Forum 32(4), Winter 2016

Alaska Justice Forum 32(4), Winter 2016

Alaska Justice Forum 32(4), Winter 2016"Criminal Justice Reform and Recidivism Reduction"by Brad A. Myrstol and Barbara Armstrong

This article briefly examines evidence-based approach to policymaking in criminal justice and the two conceptual pillars that serve as the foundation of this strategy: effectiveness and efficiency. The article also describes the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a "smart justice" approach to reducing recidivism under the auspices of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, that is being led in Alaska by the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC), housed in the UAA Justice Center.

"Justice Reinvestment Report" by Barbara Armstrong

This article summarizes the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission's recommendations for criminal justice reform in Alaska included in the Commission's Justice Reinvestment Report released in December 2015.

"Sexual Misconduct: How Do UAA Students Define It?" by Lindsey Blumenstein

This article describes efforts of the statewide University of Alaska (UA) system, and by University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in particular, to address sexual violence and misconduct on university campuses through policy changes and surveys to gauge attitudes and responses to sexual misconduct and assess the effectiveness of education and prevention efforts. Findings from 14 focus groups held at UAA in 2015, involving a total of 23 female and 18 male students, are discussed.

"Informed Alaskans Initiative: Public Health Data in Alaska" by Barbara Armstrong

This article describes the national and state public health date made available online through the Alaska Division of Public Health's Informed Alaskans Initiative.

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