Alaska Justice Forum 34(3), Winter 2018

Alaska Justice Forum 34(4), Spring 2018


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High referral rate for VPSO-assisted sex assault cases

Brad A. Myrstol

Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs). Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

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. Read more

Alaska Victimization Survey: Aleutian/Pribilof Islands

Alaska Victimization Survey: Aleutian/Pribilof Islands. Out of every 100 adult women who reside in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region: 43 experienced intimate partner violence (IPV); 24 experienced sexual violence; 45 experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both. These lifetime estimates come from a 2014–2015 survey of adult women in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region. Source: UAA Justice Center, Alaska Victimization Survey,

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. Read more

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: Alaska making progress

Pamela Cravez

State of Alaska Sexual Assault Evidence Kit

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. Read more

Sequential Intercept Model: Framework for a ‘wicked problem

Pamela Cravez

Linear depiction of the Sequential Intercept Model. Source: Abrue, et al., 2017. Used by permission.

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. Read more

Brad A. Myrstol, Justice Center DirectorMyrstol is new Justice Center director

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. Read more

Alaska State Troopers B Detachment is understaffed (infographic)Alaska State Troopers B Detachment Patrol Staffing Study

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. The Department of Public Safety released a press release providing additional details from the study as well as a link to the study and infographic based on the study. Read more

Spring 2018 print editionSpring 2018 print edition

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