• Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 34, No. 3 (Winter 2018) 

      Cravez, Pamela; Valle, Araceli; Fox, Geri; UAA Justice Center (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2018-01-16)
      The Winter 2018 print edition of the Alaska Justice Forum features articles on evidence-based practices that have been incorporated into Alaska's criminal justice system: a new pretrial risk assessment tool designed to calculate a defendant's risk of failure to appear at trial or of committing another crime if released pretrial; and the Alaska Results First benefit cost analysis of established evidence-based programs designed to reduce recidivism. The Results First analysis also provides a new eight-year study of recidivism rates in Alaska. The Winter 2018 online edition includes expanded versions of print stories and a video (with transcript) which further describes Alaska's new pretrial risk assessment tool.
    • Alaska Results First Initiative: Adult Criminal Justice Program Benefit Cost Analysis

      Valle, Araceli (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-10-02)
      Results of the Alaska Results First Initiative show 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. The State of Alaska annually invests in Alaska’s adult criminal justice system to provide services and programs to eligible offenders, including domestic violence treatment, vocational and general education, and re-entry services. The study estimates that approximately $20.58 million in state funds were invested annually to the 19 evidence-based adult criminal justice programs that are shown — by academic studies and rigorous reviews — to yield results. The report is the result of a multi-year project, with support and participation of all three branches of Alaska state government, and in partnership with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative.
    • Alaska Results First Initiative: Progress Report & Initial Findings

      Valle, Araceli; Myrstol, Brad A. (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-07-15)
      This report presents the initial results of Alaska’s Results First Initiative, which is examining both the effectiveness and the efficiency of the state's adult criminal justice programs by conducting a comprehensive review of the full array of programs funded by the state. The review includes a thorough inventory of state-funded programs, determining the proportion of those programs that are evidence-based, and detailing both the costs of operating those programs, as well as the benefits derived from them via reductions in offender recidivism. The Alaska Results First Iniative is a participant in the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a "smart justice" approach to reducing recidivism under the auspices of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, that is being led in our Alaska by the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC), housed in the UAA Justice Center.
    • Alaska Results First — Benefit-Cost Findings: Adult Criminal Justice Programs

      Myrstol, Brad A.; Valle, Araceli (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-06-15)
      This slideshow, presented to the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission and Alaska Criminal Justice Working Group, presents Results First benefit to cost model estimates on 19 Alaska adult criminal justice programs. The Results First analysis of evidence-based programs, developed in partnership with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, provides policymakers with a tool to better understand the relationship between the state’s monetary investment in programs and the return on that investment in terms of the benefits of reduced recidivism.
    • Criminal Justice Reform: A Discussion of Senate Bill 91 — Reducing the Prison Population While Enhancing Public Safety

      Dunham, Barbara; Valle, Araceli (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 2016-12-08)
      This slideshow, presented at a public discussion on criminal justice reform, presents data on the growth of correctional populations in Alaska and information on criminal justice reform efforts culminating in the passage in July 2016 of Senate Bill 91 (SB91), "Omnibus Criminal Law & Procedure; Corrections," which incorporated recommendations of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Presenters were Barbara Dunham of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission and Dr. Araceli Valle of the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC).
    • Expanded View of Recidivism in Alaska

      Valle, Araceli (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2018-01-16)
      This article describes findings on recidivism over an eight-year period for individuals released from Alaska Department of Corrections facilities in 2007. These findings emerged from the Alaska Results First (RF) analysis released by Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) in October 2017. In general, the RF findings corroborate previous analyses which examined recidivism patterns one to three years after release, but by following offenders for eight years, AJiC is expanding our understanding of recidivism patterns in Alaska for a large group of offenders, beyond any prior study.