Alaska Justice Forum 34(2), Fall2017

Alaska Justice Forum 34(2), Fall 2017

 

Subscribe


Is the rate of property crime increasing in Alaska?

Brad A. Myrstol and Pamela Cravez

Is the rate of property crime increasing in Alaska?

Is the rate of property crime increasing in Alaska?  Dr. Brad Myrstol developed a series of graphs using data from six Alaska jurisdictions to show it’s a complex question. See the video


Crime rates and Alaska criminal justice reform

Brad A. Myrstol and Pamela Cravez

Crime rates and Alaska criminal justice reform

Definitive conclusions about the impact of Senate Bill 91 on the rate of property crimes in Alaska are not possible for a number of reasons, including that the most current data cover less than six months following implementation of the first phase of the law.  Read more


How do you determine the right size of a police department? Don’t look to crime rates

Troy C. Payne

How do you determine the right size of a police department? Don’t look to crime rates

Studies have shown that changing the number of police officers has no effect on crime rates. This article explains why and describes alternative measures.  Read more


Crisis Intervention Teams Assist Law Enforcement

Pamela Cravez

(Photo) Retired Anchorage Police Officer and former CIT Coordinator Wendi Shackelford (L) and Anchorage Police Officer Ruth Adolf, current CIT coordinator.

CIT is a police-based, first responders’ pre-arrest jail diversion model for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. A new CIT coalition is being developed in Mat-Su Borough. The online article includes additional information about specialized police responses.   Read more


When mental illness becomes a police matter

When mental illness becomes a police matter

Mental illness is not a police matter in and of itself and most people with mental illness (MI) are not involved in the criminal justice system. When police do interact with an individual with MI, care needs to be taken not to label the person as the problem but to focus on behavior that causes harm to self and others. Read more


(Photo) Pamela Cravez, editor of the Alaska Justice ForumEditor's Note

Pamela Cravez

In this issue we feature two stories 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. As always, the Alaska Justice Forum online provides additional stories and features. Sign up!  Read more


Fall 2017 print editionFall 2017 print edition

The PDF of the print edition includes full references.  Read more

 
Alaska Justice Forum PDF of print edition  
Back to top