Alaska - AJSAC Reports on Varied Activities
SAC Director Brad Myrstol reports that the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has been busy with numerous activities.
- The AJSAC is working with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on a retrospective study of juvenile recidivism. Youth offenders who were adjudicated delinquent and placed in a secure DJJ detention facility are the study's focus. Group-based trajectory models will be used to examine recidivism over a 24-month post-release follow-up period.
- Using funds from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' State Justice Statistics (BJS SJS) program, AJSAC will be starting a new data collection/analysis initiative: the Alaska Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Case Processing Project. This project is a partnership with the state's Department of Public Safety, the State Troopers, the Department of Law, and the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice. Data from a statewide sample of domestic violence assault, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of a minor cases reported to the Alaska State Troopers over a four-year period (2008-2011) will be coded and analyzed and each case will be followed through the criminal justice system.
- The AJSAC conducted a pilot study this past spring/summer to explore the potential of implementing BJS's Police-Public Contact Survey in Alaska. The pilot was limited to Anchorage, and used a standard mail survey methodology. The data are being cleaned, compiled, and analyzed, with a final report on the initial methodological and substantive findings planned for this fall. Preliminary results are encouraging, and the SAC hopes to establish an Alaska-specific police-public contact survey within three years to allow Alaska justice practitioners, policy makers, and members of the public to learn and understand more about the frequency and nature of such contacts.
- The AJSAC launched a new Fact Sheet series this year designed to provide simple, straightforward empir-ical snapshots of Alaska crime/justice issues. These monthly Fact Sheets have been well received by practitioners, policy makers, and state and local media. They are available on the AJSAC's newly redesigned website.
- Brad Myrstol was nominated for the University of Alaska Anchorage's 2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity. The SAC is located within the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center (UAAJC). The Chancellor's Awards promote excellence and recognize individuals and groups for their exceptional service to the university community. Barbara Armstrong, Research Associate and editor/writer for the UAAJC Alaska Justice Forum, was nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence. Winners will be announced in late September.
The SAC would also like to let colleagues know that former AJSAC Director Alan McKelvie retired from the University of Alaska Anchorage in June.