Alaska Justice Forum 36(1), Fall 2019

Alaska Justice Forum 36(1), Fall 2019 — A publication of the Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage

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Study examines sexual assault survivor experiences

Profile silhouettes of two women with speech balloons indicating a conversation. Image credit: Nick Foote / Shutterstock.comIngrid D. Johnson, Randi Breager, and Katherine H. TePas

The Alaska Department of Public Safety is working with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center to better understand how sexual assaults reported to the Alaska State Troopers are handled and perceived, and which factors shape the likelihood of achieving justice for sexual assault victim-survivors. A final report including recommendations for practice improvement is expected mid-2020.

Alaska sex offense law: What has changed

Alaska State Capitol. Image credit: Kenneth J. Gill (Gillfoto) / Wikimedia CommonsBarbara Dunham

Alaska’s sex offense laws fall into three broad categories: crimes and defenses, sentencing, and post-release supervision and registry. This article discusses each in turn, looking at how these laws have changed following the 31st legislative session.

Academy expands medical forensic care and response

Participants at the first in-person ACFTA training. Image credit: L. Diane Casto.L. Diane Casto and Angelia Trujillo

The Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy, the first of its kind in the nation, trains nurses and health care providers to support victims of interpersonal violence in a trauma-informed manner and to preserve potential evidence and information for future prosecutions.

Legal representation and custody determinations

Palmer Courthouse and Pioneer Peak. Image credit: Melissa S. GreenRyan Fortson and Troy C. Payne

Do lawyers matter in case outcomes, and can this be shown empirically? A recently published study of initial custody disputes suggests that having an attorney can result in a more favorable outcome for the client, but only if the other side is not also represented by an attorney.

Editor's note

Henry Randolph, editor of the Alaska Justice ForumHenry Randolph

An update on the Alaska Justice Forum during times of change at the University of Alaska Anchorage, including the publication's transition to an all-digital format.

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