University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Trial Court Caseload FY 2007–2018
(AJiC Fact Sheet 19-02)
This fact sheet presents data on criminal case filings in Alaska trial courts for fiscal years 2007–2018. From FY07 to FY18, misdemeanors filed in Alaska trial courts decreased while felonies filed increased. The majority of the increase in total felony filings came from violent, property, and weapons cases. The majority of the decline in district court cases is due to declining filings in public order, DUI, and other motor vehicle cases. Data are drawn from annual reports of the Alaska Court System..
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 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.
"The Importance of Time in Analysis" is the first in a series of short videos to help everyday people interpret basic crime statistics. In this video, data on rates of larceny theft in Alaska for 1985–2016 are used to demonstrate the importance of time in analyzing whether crime is trending upward, trending downward, or remaining flat. Click here for a full transcript of the video.