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AJiC Fact Sheet 17-03

AJiC Fact Sheet:  "Motor Vehicle Theft Arrests Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015"

The most recent issue of the AJiC Fact Sheet, "Motor Vehicle Theft Arrests Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015," presents data on motor vehicle theft arrests reported in Alaska from 1986 to 2016 as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. Overall, the motor vehicle arrest rate consistently declined between 1990 and 2014 when it reached the lowest level in the 1985–2016 period. The motor vehicle arrest rate rebounded in 2015 and 2016. Increases in Alaska motor vehicle arrest rates in 2015 and 2016 were particularly pronounced among adults and males, while motor vehicle arrest rates for juveniles and females remained minimal in comparison. On average, adults accounted for 62.6 percent and juveniles for 37.4 percent of all arrests for motor vehicle thefts reported in Alaska from 1985 to 2016. Males accounted for 81.8 percent of all motor vehicle theft arrests, females 18.2 percent.

The fact sheet is by Random Reamey, Research Professional, Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC). The AJiC Fact Sheet series addresses various crime and criminal justice topics.

 Alaska Results First Initiative

AJIC report features information about the effectiveness of Alaska's adult criminal justice programs

The  Alaska Results First Initiative, a new report from the Alaska Justice Informaton Center (AJiC) at the Justice Center, shows that most of Alaska's evidence-based adult criminal justice programs are showing positive return on state investment of money. Notably, all but one of those programs are shown to measurably reduce recidivism (the likelihood that an inmate will re-offend when released), which not only improves public safety, but saves the state the costs associated with criminal activity.

Violent Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015

 AJSAC Fact Sheet: "Violent Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015"

The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, "Violent Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015," presents data on violent crimes reported in Alaska from 1986 to 2015 as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. "Violent crime" is an aggregate category that includes homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter), rape, robbery, and aggravated assault offenses reported to police. From 1986 to 2015, violent crime rates increased in Alaska although the overall crime rate decreased. Homicide and robbery rates declined over the 30-year period, while rape and aggravated assault rates increased from 1986 to 2015 – with aggravated assault acting as the main driver of increases in the violent crime rate over the period. On average, violent crime accounted for 11 percent of all crime reported in Alaska from 1986 to 2015. Aggravated assault accounted for nearly three-quarters, robbery for nearly 15 percent, rape for nearly 13 percent, and homicide for just over one percent of all violent crime reported in Alaska over the period.

 The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker, Research Professional, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

AJSAC Fact Sheet

AJSAC Fact Sheet: "Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015"

This issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, "Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015," presents data on property crime in Alaska from 1986 to 2015 as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. "Property crime" is an aggregate category that includes burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft crimes. From 1986 to 2015 the property crime rate in Alaska decreased as the overall crime rate decreased. On average, property crime accounted for two-thirds of all crime in Alaska over the thirty-year period.

The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker, Research Professional, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

Alaska Victimization Survey: Research on Violence Against Women in Alaska

Alaska Victimization Survey results show that 1 in 3 women in Alaska and 1 in 4 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking

Stalking estimates from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey describe the number of women in Alaska who have experienced stalking in their lifetimes and in the past year.

Findings for Alaska statewide were released on January 17, 2017. Findings include:

  • 1 in 3 women in Alaska have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 17 have experienced stalking in the past year.
  • More than 80,800 women in Alaska have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • More than 15,300 have experienced stalking in the past year.

The 2015 survey also showed that stalking was particularly common among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence.

Findings for the Municipality of Anchorage were released on January 27, 2017. Findings include:

  • 1 in 4 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 18 have experienced stalking in the past year.
  • More than 30,400 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • More than 6,100 have experienced stalking in the past year.

Expertise

Justice Center faculty and staff are experts in a number of areas related to criminal justice and legal studies, including:

  • Constitutional analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Crime mapping
  • Legal analysis, research, and writing
  • Legal education
  • Policy review
  • Process and outcome evaluation
  • Recidivism analysis
  • Survey data collection and analysis
  • Survival analyis
  • Trial preparation

Research Areas

Justice Center faculty and staff engage in research in areas related to criminal justice and public health including:

  • Access to justice
  • Administrative courts
  • Civil liberties
  • Collateral consequences of conviction
  • Comparative law and legal systems
  • Corrections
  • Crime and public health
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal case processing
  • Empirical legal studies
  • Homelessness
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law and the courts
  • Lay judges and adjudication
  • Marijuana law and policy
  • Offender reentry
  • Policing
  • Public administration law
  • Recidivism
  • Regulation of the legal profession
  • Sexual assault
  • Specialized and alternative courts
  • Substance abuse
  • Victimization
  • Violence and violent crime