The Spring 2013 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum is devoted primarily to issues related to school discipline and the juvenile justice system, and features three articles on "zero tolerance" policies by Dean Williams, who was the Superintendent of the McLaughlin Youth Center; Carol Comeau, who was the Superintendent of the Anchorage School District; and William Hitchcock, who was the Master of the Anchorage Children’s Court. Background is provided through an examination of recent data on juvenile delinquency and school suspensions and expulsions for Alaska. A fifth article describes StepUp, a diversion program for expelled or long-term suspended students which has operated for the past four years in the Anchorage School District. The issue also includes updates on Alaska Victimization Survey data releases, faculty and staff news, and a memorial to retired Justice Center faculty member Dr. Lawrence C. Trostle, who died in May.
The March 2013 issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data on assaults committed against Alaska police officers during 2002–2011. Data were extracted from the Alaska Department of Public Safety's annual Uniform Crime Reporting publication Crime in Alaska. The report examines data on assaults on police including rates of assault, percentage of assaults resulting in injury, weapons used in assaults, and officers killed in the line of duty (1960–2011). The Fact Sheet is by Dr. Brad A. Myrstol, director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).
The Justice Center is now offering five new programs in Legal Studies:
All five programs are approved by the American Bar Association and are open for enrollment. Contact the Justice Center at 786-1810. Prof. Deb Periman is the Legal Studies Program Coordinator.
Results of the 2012 Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) on intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women with estimates for Kodiak Island Borough, the City and Borough of Sitka, and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have been released. See also the 2011 estimates for the Municipality of Anchorage, Bristol Bay, the City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the City and Borough of Juneau and 2010 Alaska Statewide estimates.
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Alaska Justice Forum, Spring 2013
Alaska Justice Forum, Fall 2012/Winter 2013
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