• Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 7 (November 1977)

      Endell, Roger V.; Stern, Barry; Moeller, Kim; Havelock, John E. (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-11)
      A $183,000 LEAA grant will enable the Alaska Division of Corrections to develop a correctional master plan for improving the statewide correctional system; and the staff counsel of the Alaska Criminal Code Revision Subcommission describes the circumstances in which the use of force, or threat to use force, is justifiable and not a criminal offense under the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code. Other articles in the November 1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum examines the North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety's initiation in January 1977 of apprehension and short-term detention of intoxicated persons; and highlights the Alaska Supreme Court's concern with the effect of mounting caseloads. Also included are a digest of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions, announcements of upcoming conferences and seminars, and a justice training calendar.
    • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 6, No. 4 (Winter 1990)

      Schafer, N. E.; Read, Emily E.; Bureau of Justice Statistics; Copus, Gary D.; Holmes, Caralyn (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1990-01)
      The Winter 1990 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum examines the criminal activity of Alaska women by analyzing Uniform Crime Reporting arrest data for 1975–1984. Women do not contribute substantially to the overall rate of violent crime in Alaska, but arrests of female offenders, both adult and juvenile, comprise a substantial proportion of all arrests for alcohol-related offenses. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports on adults on federal and state probation and parole in 1988. Analysis of 1988 data on reported crime incidents from seven villages in the North Slope Borough suggests that crime rates for certain offenses may be higher in rural Alaska than in urban Alaska. January 1990 population figures for Alaska Department of Corrections facilities are presented.
    • Alaskan Bush Justice: Legal Centralism Confronts Social Science Research and Village Alaska [original paper]

      Conn, Stephen (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1981-09)
      This paper traces the history of the bush justice system in rural Alaska, describes the relationship between traditional Alaska Native dispute resolution mechanisms and the state criminal justice system, and analyzes bush justice research between 1970 and 1981 and its effects on state agency policies and changes in the rural justice system. Innovations by researchers were well-received by villagers and field-level professionals, but not by agency policymakers. Hence, most reforms made in the 1970s had vanished by the early 1980s. The author concludes that further reforms will be ineffective unless Alaska Natives are drawn into the decisionmaking process as co-equal players negotiating on legal process from positions of power.
    • Employee Comments Concerning PSO Assignment Length and Rotation Policies and Procedures

      UAA Justice Center (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1993-12-08)
      At the request of the North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety (NSBDPS), the Justice Center conducted a survey of NSBDPS employees which elicted employee opinions about their jobs, the public, and the NSBDPS's role. Both sworn and nonsworn employees were surveyed. This brief report extracts comments made by employees to specific questions from the survey concerning Public Safety Officer (PSO) assignment lengths in rural villages and rotation policies. For each question included, the text of the question is presented, followed by employee comments. Aggregated results of the survey were reported in a conference paper presented in Reno, Nevada in 1993 (https://scholarworks.alaska.edu/handle/11122/10005).
    • Is the Rate of Property Crime Increasing in Alaska? [transcript]

      Myrstol, Brad A.; Cravez, Pamela (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-10-18)
      Is the rate of property crime increasing in Alaska? Data from six Alaska jurisdictions show it’s a complex question. Dr. Brad Myrstol, interim Justice Center director developed a series of graphs to show how the rate of property crime in Alaska is impacted by factors including time, place of crime and type of crime. This presentation focuses on the property crimes of larceny-theft, shoplifting (which is a subcategory of larceny), burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The time period is from 1985 to 2016. The jurisdictions reviewed are: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, North Slope Borough and Palmer. Each use the Uniform Crime Reports to report data. This is a transcript of the video presentation "Property Crime Rates 1985–2016: Is the Rate of Property Crime Increasing in Alaska? Trend Data from Six Alaska Police Agencies" which can be found at https://youtu.be/HiQqNyDgmas. Graphs by Brad A. Myrstol; produced & narrated by Pamela Cravez.
    • North Slope Department of Public Safety Community Survey

      ; University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 1994-03-23)
      This report presents the results of a public opinion survey of North Slope Borough residents conducted in summer 1993 regarding crime and public safety issues and attitudes toward and satisfaction with the North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety. The survey comprised a fifty-seven item questionnaire which was administered to 165 residents of the North Slope communities of Point Hope, Point Lay, Kaktovik, Anaktuvuk Pass, Wainwright, Nuiqsut, Atqasuk, and Barrow. Some conclusions can be drawn from the data; however, because the overall number of responses is low, individual figures should be viewed with caution.
    • Policing the Arctic: The North Slope of Alaska

      Angell, John E.; Trostle, Lawrence C. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1993-10)
      Geographic size and lack of roads, among other factors, contribute to unique difficulties in providing effective law enforcement and public safety services to residents of the North Slope Borough of Alaska. Despite comprehensive plans laid in the mid-1970s, the North Slope Borough has not been successful in implementing a broad, multicultural community public safety organizational design. The more traditional professional law enforcement agency which has evolved is perceived by some people as having community and employee relations problems. This paper provides a brief history of law enforcement on the North Slope and presents selected data from a 1993 survey of employees of the North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety (NSBDPS). The data support a hypothesis that indigenous personnel with strong roots in a minority community will be more committed to the community police organization than would be employees without such roots.
    • A Study of the North Slope Department of Public Safety: A Technical Assistance Report (Draft)

      Angell, John E. (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-12)
      The North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety (NSBDPS) was created effective July 1, 1976, with the City of Barrow and other villages in North Slope Borough transferring their police authority and jail services to the borough. While making progress toward improving public safety in the North Slope Borough over the succeeding year, NSBDPS in September 1977 sought technical assistance from the Alaska Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) in the areas of organization and management. This report, prepared under contract with CJPA, presents a background history, findings, and recommendations on goals and objective, organizational structure, and the personnel and career system for NSBDPS.