Alaska Justice Forum, Volume 34

Alaska Justice Forum. A publication of the Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska Justice Forum 34(1), Summer 2017

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.

Alaska Justice Forum 34(2), Fall 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.

Alaska Justice Forum 34(3), Winter 2018

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.

Alaska Justice Forum 34(4), Spring 2018

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.