Alaska Justice Forum 34(3), Winter 2018
Evidence-based practices are being employed in Alaska to improve public safety and reduce criminal justice costs. Are they paying off?
Beginning January 1, Alaska courts began receiving information from a pretrial risk assessment tool to assist in bail decisions. The goal is to improve public safety by reducing the number of defendants who fail to appear for trial or commit a new crime while out on bail.
Geri Fox and Pamela Cravez
Geri Fox, Director of the Alaska Department of Corrections’ Pretrial Enforcement Division, speaks with Alaska Justice Forum Editor Pamela Cravez about the advantages and limitations of Alaska’s new pretrial risk assessment tool.
The Alaska Justice Information Center’s Alaska Results First analysis shows the monetary return on the state’s investment in evidence-based criminal justice programs, provides tools for assessing how changing the cost structure and delivery method can impact the return on current programs, and can help estimate the benefit to cost ratio for prospective programs.
As part of its Alaska Results First analysis, the Alaska Justice Information Center followed offenders for eight years after they’d been released from an Alaska Department of Corrections facility, expanding our understanding of recidivism patterns for a large group of offenders well beyond any prior study.
The most recent issue of the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) Fact Sheet presents data on motor vehicle theft arrests reported in Alaska from 1986 to 2016. The AJiC Fact Sheet series (formerly Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Fact Sheet) addresses various crime and criminal justice topics.
The PDF of the print edition of the Alaska Justice Forum includes full references.