With this issue of the Alaska Justice Forum, my eight-year tenure as editor ends. It has been my privilege to build on the foundation created by my predecessor, Antonia Moras, who edited this publication for over 20 years. I want to thank all the university and community partners who have contributed to publishing Alaska justice research, especially our Justice faculty and staff, and guest authors. And I also want to express my appreciation to all those in the Justice community, public and private entities, and individuals across the state, who have so generously given of their time to assist in answering questions and providing data for a variety of articles and topics. Lastly, I want to acknowledge the assistance of the Forum editorial board and the Justice Center Publication Specialist. With their help, the roughly drafted articles and statistical tables and charts are turned into a polished publication.
“Leading Alaska to a safer, healthier, and more just society” is the Justice Center’s vision statement. The goal of the Forum is to contribute to that vision. I have tried to ensure that the articles in the Forum continue to focus on the broad landscape of justice issues and look at the connection between public health and justice. My aim has always been to be an advocate for our readers so that research and information are presented in a way that is accessible and interesting to the general reader, as well as to specialists in the field, practitioners, and academics. By providing research and analysis on an array of justice topics to legislators, agencies, policymakers, and the university and general community, the Forum serves an important role in Alaska. We hope to engage our readers in a conversation about these issues and to keep the conversation going. I am grateful to have been a part of this process.
— Barbara Armstrong