University of Alaska Anchorage
Homicide in Alaska: 1976-2016
(AJiC Report 20-05)
Homicide in Alaska: 1976-2016, compiles 41 years of data from the Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). This is the first time these data on homicide in Alaska have been examined across a multi-year timespan. The 68-page report presents a description of how homicides differ by race and sex. This allows for an analysis of American Indian and Alaska Native female homicide victims by comparison. Additionally, it presents homicide victimization (victims per 100,000 residents) by race and sex of the victim.
See Homicide in Alaska for the full suite of homicide reports created by AJiC.
Statistical Analysis Center
Since 1986, Alaska's statistical analysis center (SAC) has been housed within the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. As Alaska's designated statistical analysis center, AJiC assists Alaska criminal justice agencies, as well as state and local government officials, with the development, implementation, and evaluation of criminal justice programs by collecting and analyzing Alaska-specific crime and justice statistics. As a designated SAC, AJiC also pursues funding opportunities provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics to pursue special projects and research initiatives to advance criminal justice policy and practice in the state.
There are currently 51 SACs located in the United States and its territories. AJiC is a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization comprised of SAC directors, researchers, and practitioners dedicated to policy-oriented research and analysis.
Benefit Cost Analysis
Benefit cost analysis is a type of economic analysis that compares the benefits and costs of policies and programs using dollars as a common measure of return. For example, the Pew-MacArthur Results First model for adult criminal justice assesses the costs associated with each adult criminal justice program, and the benefits to the state and crime victims achieved through recidivism reduction. Benefits from recidivism reduction include avoided criminal justice system administration costs (policing, courts, and corrections), as well as avoided costs imposed on crime victims.
Besides adult criminal justice, the RF model supports benefit cost analysis for programs in each of the following policy areas: juvenile justice, child welfare, education, health, mental health, substance abuse. AJiC will use the compile-cost-compare process to adapt other components of the model to Alaska, resulting in an economic model that estimates the benefits and costs of programs using a combination of national and state-specific data relevant to each policy area. The benefit cost ratios produced by the model can be used to compare the monetary return on investment for programs within and across policy areas.