Alaska Justice Forum 34(3), Winter 2018
Brad A. Myrstol
The likelihood that a sexual assault or sexual assault of a minor case will be accepted for prosecution in western Alaska is enhanced when VPSOs are first responders, according to new study.
Results of the 2014–2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands show 45% of adult women in the region have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both in their lifetime.
Victim-centered policies being developed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety for processing unsubmitted and untested sexual assault kits collected by Alaska State Troopers are one part of the state’s efforts to tackle more than 3,000 untested kits.
This model offers conceptual points at which a person with serious mental illness could be diverted from the criminal justice system and into community-based treatment. A recent book looks at the success of programs along the intercept continuum.
Dr. Brad Myrstol, new Justice Center director, brings breadth of experience in Alaska justice issues and more than 14 years with the Justice Center to new position.
Troy C. Payne
The UAA Justice Center produced a workload-based staffing model for police patrol in the Alaska State Troopers B Detachment, studying a period for 2009–2015. Alaska State Troopers provide service in unincorporated areas of the state. B Detachment’s service area is a large part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and portions of the Valdez-Cordova Census Area along the Richardson Highway, an area of about 20,000 square miles containing 2,250 miles of roadways. According to the study, Troopers in B Detachment are chronically over-utilized, which causes operational problems. See also the Department of Public Safety press release providing additional details from the study and an infographic based on the study.
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