Alaska Justice Forum, Volume 34
The Summer 2017 issue features articles on psychological and physical abuse against women in Alaska who are aged 60 or older; the consequences of Alaska's lack of capacity to treat mental illness in the community; a collaborative problem-solving process involving liquor stores in an Anchorage neighborhood; and a farewell from André B. Rosay, who served as Justice Center director from 2007 to 2017.
The Fall 2017 issue features two stories on crime rates — in relation to criminal justice reform and in relation to police staffing — that caution using crime rates as a single factor to determine policy. A story on Crisis Intervention Teams shows how specialized responses are helping law enforcement deal with calls from individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Finally, this issue includes a video about property crime rates in Alaska.
The Winter 2018 issue features articles on evidence-based practices that have been incorporated into Alaska's criminal justice system: a new pretrial risk assessment tool designed to calculate a defendant's risk of failure to appear at trial or of committing another crime if released pretrial; a video which further describes this tool; and the Alaska Results First benefit cost analysis of established evidence-based programs designed to reduce recidivism. The Results First analysis also provides a new eight-year study of recidivism rates in Alaska.
The Spring 2018 issue features articles on Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) as first responders in sexual abuse of a minor and sexual assault cases, findings from the 2014–2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, Alaska's progress on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and a review of a book on the Sequential Intercept Model, which offers conceptual points at which a person with serious mental illness could be diverted from the criminal justice system.