• Fire Island Public Opinion Survey: Summary of Findings

      Barnes, Allan R. (School of Justice, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1986-12-04)
      Under the terms of a contract between the Alaska Department of Corrections and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, to determine the feasibility of placing a prison on Fire Island, the UAA School of Justice in November 1986 conducted a public opinion telephone survey of a random sample of one thousand residents of the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Results indicated that respondents favored spending money to prevent and deter crime rather than to punish prisoners or to build additional prisons. When informed about the increased cost of construction and operation of a prison on Fire Island in comparison with other potential sites in Southcentral Alaska, they did not favor building a prison on Fire Island. However, in deciding the appropriate location for a new prison, cost of construction was not deemed as important as either the impact of the prison on the local economy or the costs associated with everyday operations and programs of the new prison.
    • The Project Safe Neighborhoods Household Survey (PSNHS): Part I: PSN — Alaska Program Evaluation Baseline Data

      Myrstol, Brad A. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-01-01)
      This document reports on a March 2004 public survey of Anchorage residents about the Alaska Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) intitative and public safety concerns at the neighborhood level. A year and a half into Alaska's PSN initiative, Anchorage residents were more aware of the specific penalties under federal law for illegal possession of a firearm than the programmatic effects of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to reduce the level of gun crime in the city. Relatively few respondents recognized either of the PSN slogans of the Hard Time for Gun Crime message disseminated by PSN. Anchorage residents do not perceive much disincentive for engaging in prohibited conduct with weapons, indicating that there is a low level of deterrence to prevent people from committing gun crimes, particularly illegal possession offenses. There appears to be little community concern about violent crimes (general and gun-related), youth misbehavior, or racial ethnic conflict at the neighborhood level; nevertheless, most respondents reported believing that gun crime was on the rise in Anchorage as a whole.
    • The Public's Perspective— Justice Administration 1980: A Survey of Public Opinion

      Havelock, John E.; Ring, Peter Smith; Bruce, Kevin (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1980-08)
      This public opinion survey was commissioned by the Alaska Criminal Justice Planning Agency, Governor's Commission on the Administration of Justice, to help people interested in justice administration in planning, predicting, and educating with respect to the future design and administration of the justice system in Alaska. The survey was conducted during November and December 1979 and included 676 respondents from throughout Alaska. The survey elicited public opinion in four major areas: (1) the climate of public safety, including perceptions of crime rates, public safety, gun ownership, victimization, and family violence; (2) images of the justice professional, including professional skills, professionalism, educational qualifications, discretionary judgments, and discriminatory practices; (3) changes in the law, including the role of public opinion in revision of law, strictness and leniency of laws, perceptions of revisions (including recent revisions in sentencing, the Alaska criminal code, alcohol regulations, and drug laws), perceptions of laws relating to alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, criminality of gambling and sex offenses, and election of justice officials; and (4) public attitudes toward selected decisions regarding the administration of justice, including law enforcement and corrections priorities, justice services in rural Alaska, consolidation of public safety services, police use of firearms, sentencing, and public education in justice.