The UAA Justice Center, established by the Alaska legislature in 1975, has a mandate to provide statewide justice‐related education, research, and service. The Justice Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; conducts research in the areas of crime, law, and justice; and provides service to government units, justice agencies, and community organizations throughout urban and rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy, and just society.

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  • AJiC Tableau Dashboard Style Guide

    Payne, Troy C.; Kisarauskas, Yevgenii; Slone, Avram; Gonzalez, Andrew (2020-09-02)
    This document describes the broad design and style conventions of Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) Tableau data dashboards. This document is meant as a style guide, and deviations from the general guidelines may be necessary for specific projects. Design goals and styles for every part of a dashboard are presented in the document.
  • Alaska State Troopers C Detachment Patrol Staffing Study Final Report and Description of Police Incidents

    Payne, Troy C.; Kisarauskas, Yevgenii (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2020-07-07)
    This report provides a workload-based staffing estimate for the Alaska State Troopers C Detachment sworn staff, including troopers and court service officers. The report begins by examining incidents serviced by C Detachment for meaningful changes over years, seasonal variation, and variation by incident type. Next, we describe challenges of creating a workload- based model for staffing C Detachment, followed by summaries of interviews with sergeants in C Detachment and a description of C Detachment’s stated goals. The model is specified next, including a post-by-post staffing recommendation for C Detachment based on the 75th percentile of the number of reports, adjusted for leave and other factors.
  • Homicide in Alaska: 1976-2016

    Gonzalez, Andrew (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2020-05-20)
    AJiC's Homicide in Alaska: 1976-2016 compiled 41 years of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR). This is the first time these data on homicide in Alaska have been examined across a multi-year timespan. The report describes homicide incidents, victims and suspects. These characteristics included weapon use, relationships between victims and suspects, circumstances, demographic characteristics, and more presenting the differences among race and sex groups. Additionally, the report makes note of the magnitude and characteristics of homicides involving American Indian and Alaska Native female victims, as well as how the rate of homicide victimization differs by race and sex of the victim. In addition to the full report, three one-page fact sheets are included: 1) Homicide Victimization Fact Sheet; 2) Firearms Fact Sheet, and; 3) Relationships Fact Sheet.
  • An Exploratory Study of Changes Accompanying the Implementation of a Community-Based, Participatory Team Police Organizational Model

    Angell, John E. (Michigan State University, 1975)
    This exploratory research examines the attitudes of citizens, police clientele, and police in an area where a decentralized, participatory (collegial) team police operation has been implemented, and compares these attitudes with those in a similar neighborhood policed by a classical organizational structure and traditional procedures. The Team Police Model of this study consisted basically of 15 generalist police officers who, with the participation of local citizens, were responsible for defining police goals, priorities and procedures and providing all police services in a precisely defined, low-economic, minority, residential area of Holyoke, Massachusetts for a test period of approximately nine months. The Team used collegial methods for decisionmaking and task forces for performing management functions. The Team followed a "service", rather than "law enforcement" operational philosophy. The control neighborhood was policed by an organization arrangement which was in general consistent with Classical tenets as stated by Max Weber. A traditional "law enforcement" philosophy was used in the Classical neighborhood. The basic assumption underlying this study was police effectiveness in crime prevention and order maintenance is dependent on a supportive public. The primary problem researched was whether public and clientele attitudes toward the police were more supportive in the Team Police than a Classical Police area. Of secondary concern was the impact of the Team Police experiment on police officers attitudes. Perhaps the most important conclusion to be derived from this study is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the collegial Team Police Model as implemented in this project did not have a negative impact on any variable investigated. The positive impact of the project on most variables supports the value of further research with a community-based, collegial team organizational structure for police services.
  • The Resurgence of Tribal Courts: A Tribal Judge's Perspective

    Voluck, David A. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2013-11-18)
    Judge David Voluck is an attorney in Sitka, Alaska, and in 2008 was appointed chief judge of the Sitka Tribal Court. He also serves as magistrate judge for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes and is presiding judge pro tem for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island tribal government. He is introduced here by Dr. Ryan Fortson of the UAA Justice Center. In this podcast Judge Voluck presents a context for tribal courts and Native law, outlines the development of Indian law in the United States, and discusses tribal sovereignty and the role of tribal courts in Alaska. This presentation was recorded on Monday, November 18th, 2013 at the University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific University Consortium Library on the UAA campus.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 8 (December 1977)

    Stern, Barry; Havelock, John E.; Ring, Peter Smith; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-12)
    The December 1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum profiles the first Criminal Justice Center student to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice. Other articles describe the provisions of the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code involving robbery, armed robbery, and accomplice liability; and examines how government systems can be designed to reduce opportunity for public misconduct. Also included are a digest of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions, the Spring 1978 semester schedule of Justice B.A. courses at University of Alaska campuses in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and a justice training calendar.
  • 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. 1, No. 6 (October 1977)

    Carpeneti, Anne; Endell, Roger V.; Ring, Peter Smith; Hutchings, Steve (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-10)
    The lead article of the October 1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum describes the provisions of House Bill 549, which would comprehensively revise Alaska's statutes pertaining to drug offenses. Other articles report on the 107th Congress of the American Correctional Association held August 21-25, 1977 in Milwaukee, describes reclassification of crimes of assault under the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code, a present the sixth of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure. A justice training calendar is also included.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 5 (September 1977)

    Warden, Arlene; Stern, Barry; Ring, Peter Smith; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-09)
    Findings of an Alaska Judicial Council report on felony sentencing patterns indicate that factors such as defendant's race, occupation, and background, as well as criminal history, have a significant bearing on felony sentencing in Alaska. In other articles in the September 1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum, the staff counsel of the Alaska Criminal Code Revision Subcommission describes classification of the three crimes of murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent manslaughter under the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code, and the fifth of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure is presented. The issue also includes announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences, resources, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 4 (August 1977)

    Stern, Barry; Havelock, John E.; Read, Peter Smith (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-08)
    In the lead article of the August 1977 Alaska Justice Forum, the staff counsel of the Alaska Criminal Code Revision Subcommission describes the reclassification of sexual offenses under the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code. Other articles include the fourth of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure and description of a new system to be used in processing of grant applications by the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice. The issue also includes announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences, resources, and Fall 1977 justice courses offered at University of Alaska campuses.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 3 (July 1977)

    Rubinstein, Michael L.; Hill, Judy; Angell, John E.; Ring, Peter Smith; Havelock, John E. (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-07)
    The July1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum leads with a presentation of salient findings from the Alaska Judicial Council's interim report of the Alaska attorney general's ban on plea bargaining. Other articles include a history of the Alaska Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA), which serves as staff to the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice, a description of the newly developed two-year and four-year Justice degree programs at the University of Alaska, and a critical look at the misuse of public opinion surveys to address criminal justice issues. The third of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure is accompanied by a review of U.S. case law on search and seizure. Upcoming meetings and seminars are announced.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 2 (June 1977)

    Ring, Peter Smith; Conn, Stephen; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-06)
    The June 1977 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum leads with an article describing the work of the Alaska Criminal Code Revision Subcommission and provisions of the proposed Alaska Revised Criminal Code. Other articles discuss projections for criminal justice employment in Alaska, citizen involvement in crime prevention, and innovations in handling minor disputes. A review of Alaska case law involving Miranda rights and second of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure are also presented.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 1977)

    Havelock, John E.; Ring, Peter Smith; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1977-05)
    The Alaska Justice Forum, a pilot project funded through a grant from the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice, will be built around educational material for Alaska justice system professionals, according to the lead article in the inaugural issue of the Forum. Other article include a review of recent court decisions related to the right of an accused to have counsel at pre-indictment lineups, first of a six-part series on the history of the law of search and seizure, an update on the ongoing revision of Alaska's criminal code, and a description of continuing education courses and seminars for criminal justice professionals being developed by the Criminal Justice Center.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 10 (November 1978)

    Bruce, Kevin; Lederman, Sema; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-11)
    The November 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum leads with a description of Project PROSECUTOR (PROSecutor's Enhanced Charging Using Tested Options and Research), a project of the Alaska Department of Law and the UAA Criminal Justice Center to improve prosecutor screening and legal advising to police and to establish a pretrial intervention program. Standing Together Against Rape (STAR), a 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy service for victims of sexual assault, opened in Anchorage in May 1978. The state of Washington has adopted a sweeping new juvenile justice code, which went into effect July 1, 1978, replacing the original code adopted in 1913. Also included are digests of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions and points brought up in criminal appeals cases, the winter 1978–1979 schedule of classes offered by the Justice B.A. program at UAA, announcement of an upcoming police education symposium, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 9 (October 1978)

    Barry, Douglas; Edscorn, Paul L.; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-10)
    The October 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum features articles exploring the implications of the Alaska Supreme Court's order, issued September 18,1978, to permit television cameras into Alaska courtrooms, making Alaska the fourteenth state to permit some form of TV coverage in courts; and describing efforts nationally and in Alaska to establish victim-witness assistance programs. Also included are digests of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions and points brought up in criminal appeals cases, announcement of an upcoming conference on justice innovation, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 8 (September 1978)

    Ring, Peter Smith; Hornaday, James C.; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-09)
    The September 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum leads with an article proposing alternatives to the exclusionary rule, which requires the suppression of evidence resulting from unconstitutional searches and seizures. Homer District Court Judge James C. Hornaday describes current trends in criminal law. The decision of the Alaska Supreme Court in William A. Rust v. State of Alaska (584 P.2d 38 (1978)) in regards to rights of prisoners to psychological or psychiatric treatment is discussed. Additional articles discuss community service as an alternative sentence and a nationwide study involving 30 police departments on predicting success in clearing burglary cases. Also included are digests of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions and points brought up in criminal appeals cases, announcements of an upcoming death investigation seminar, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 7 (August 1978)

    Ring, Peter Smith; Trivette, Samuel H.; Kowacki, Marian; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-08)
    The August 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum offers a historical and legal primer on the exclusionary rule, which requires the suppression of evidence resulting from unconstitutional searches and seizures. The director of the Alaska Parole Board describes the "parole guidelines model" adopted by the parole board as a method of releasing sentenced offenders on parole. A program to place pre- and post-trial criminal offenders in community-based treatment programs is described. Also included are digests of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions and points brought up in criminal appeals cases, the fall 1978 schedule of criminal justice courses offered on University of Alaska campuses, announcements of upcoming seminars and workshops, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 6 (July 1978)

    Stern, Barry; Cobb, Chris; Robinson, Elliott H.; Ring, Peter Smith (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-07)
    In the July 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum, the staff counsel of the Alaska Criminal Code Revision Subcommission describes the major provisions of the Revised Alaska Criminal Code as approved by the Alaska Legislature in June 1978, and highlights changes from the draft revised code proposed by the subcommission. The Anchorage Pretrial Intervention Project, which became operational in early 1978, is described. An offender reentry program of the Alaska Division of Corrections to help ex-offenders adjust to life after prison is described. The concluding installment of a six-part series on the law of confessions discusses the use of evidence obtained from defendants which is inadmissible under Miranda guidelines or for other reasons related to violation of defendants' Fifth or Sixth Amendment rights. Additional articles discuss a national survey indicating the need for sex offender treatment programs and a report on more efficient police patrol procedures. Also included are digests of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions and points brought up in criminal appeals cases, announcements of upcoming courses and seminars, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1978)

    Havelock, John E.; White, Teresa J.; Ring, Peter Smith; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-06)
    The June 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum presents a subjective analysis of future criminal justice trends in Alaska; based on population shifts, increases in property ownership, and increased reporting, the author predicts that crime will rise in rural areas and decrease in urban areas in upcoming years. Preliminary results of a two-year evaluation by the Alaska Judicial Council of the effects of Alaska's plea bargaining ban are reported. A study prepared for the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice determined that the pretrial detention rate for juveniles in Fairbanks was eight times higher than nationally recommended standards. The fifth in a six-part series on the law on confessions discusses voluntary statements and the problems caused by multiple confessions by a defendant. Also included is a digest of recent Alaska Supreme Court opinions in criminal appeals cases, a book review, and a justice training calendar.
  • Alaska Justice Forum ; Vol. 2, No. 4 (April 1978)

    Ring, Peter Smith; Naito, Lisa; UAA Criminal Justice Center (Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1978-04)
    The April 1978 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum features an examination of the Alaska Supreme Court's controversial decision on search and seizure in Zehrung v. State of Alaska (569 P.2d 189 (1977); 573 P.2d 858 (1978)). A history of the Hawaii correctional master plan is offered as a comparison with the Alaska correctional master plan. The Community Crime Prevention Program, operating under a grant by the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice, is described. The fourth in a six-part series on the law on confessions focuses on custody and waivers as they are affected by the decisions of the Alaska Supreme Court. The Criminal Justice Center reports on the seminars and conferences offered by the Criminal Justice Center, which have been attended by ~700 criminal justice professionals between February 1977 and February 1978. HB 661, the proposed Revised Alaska Criminal Code, has been approved by the Alaska House of Representatives and awaits action in the Alaska Senate. This issue also includes an announcement of upcoming law enforcement seminar, the summer schedule of justice courses offered in Anchorage, and a justice training calendar.

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