Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dr. Myrstol interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 news about police-community relations

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, was interviewed recently by Alexis Fernandez of KTVA Channel 11 news about police-community relations in Anchorage during this time of racial tension and nationwide demonstrations about fatal police shootings.

Dr. Myrstol noted, "What is new is our awareness, that this happens at all, and a renewed focus on how often it happens.... Based on my [research] work, Anchorage police have done the right thing in terms of trying to proactively engage the wider community in general, and the racial and ethnic minority communities." He continued, “I think as long as there is commitment to meaningful dialogue and understanding the other side, I think it’s a real opportunity for us ... I hope it’s an opportunity that we don’t let pass by because of the high emotion that’s involved.”

Click here for a link to the full interview.

National Institute of Justice releases flyer based on research by Dr. Rosay - "Five Things About Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men"

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released a flyer based on research by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, entitled "Five Things About Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men."

The flyer highlights the following:
  1. Most American Indian and Alaska Native adults are victims of violence.
  2. Men and women are victimized at similar rates but in different ways.
  3. Victimization rates are higher for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  4. American Indian and Alaska Native female victims are more likely to need services, but they are less likely to have access to those services.
  5. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, interracial violence is more prevalent than intraracial violence.
Click here to read Dr. Rosay's full report, Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

 Click here to download a copy of the flyer.




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dr. Rosay participates in Research for the Real World seminar at the National Institute of Justice with the Office of the Vice President, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office on Violence Against Women

L to r: Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, NIJ; Dr. André Rosay, UAA Justice Center; Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, J.D.,
White House Advisor - Office of the Vice President; Dr. Bea Hanson, Office on Violence Against Women;
and Joye Frost, Office for Victims of Crime, at the seminar.
Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center director, presented findings from his recent research report on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men for the "Research for the Real World" seminar at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

Following his presentation, he participated in a moderated discussion with Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, J.D., Advisor on Violence Against Women, Office of the Vice President; Joye Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime; and Dr. Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, Office on Violence Against Women.  The discussion was moderated by Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice.

The seminar was videotaped.  Watch for a blog post with the video link when it is available.

Read Dr. Rosay's research report here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

UAA Campus and Justice Center closed July 4 and 5 in honor of Independence Day

The Justice Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 4 and 5, in observance of Independence Day.

The Justice Center will reopen on Wednesday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m.

Have a safe and healthy July 4!

Prof. Fortson teaches at Alaska Summer Trial Institute

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, recently taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law Alaska Summer Trial Institute held on the UAA campus.  The program ran from May 28 - June 10.

Prof. Fortson participated in a trial simulation with Anchorage Superior Court Judge Herman Walker and in a motion practice simulation with faculty from the University of Wyoming.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dr. Rosay publishes article in National Institute of Justice Journal

Dr. Andre´ Rosay's article titled "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men"  was published in Issue No. 277 of the National Institute of Justice Journal. The article summarizes key findings on violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives and discusses the Department of Justice’s legal duty and moral obligation to address violent crime against American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Click here to read the article by Dr. Rosay: "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men."

The NIJ Journal, published several times a year, features articles to help criminal justice policymakers and practitioners stay informed about new developments. It presents research-based information that can help inform policy decisions and improve understanding of the criminal justice system.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Alaska Justice Information Center issues first report on Alaska Results First Initiative

Dr. Brad Myrstol (standing center), AJiC Director, welcomed the group.
Dr. Araceli Valle (far right at podium), AJiC Research Professional, presented
data from the report.
The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) recently presented its first progress report and initial findings describing work on the Alaska Results First Initiative to the AJiC Steering Committee. The steering committee was formed to provide the AJiC Director with ongoing input and guidance, and to facilitate the work of AJiC. The AJiC Steering Committee comprises key criminal justice policymakers and stakeholders, including state government and tribal entity representatives.

This first report describes the development of an inventory of adult criminal justice programs in Alaska  - both prison- and community-based, and the process to determine each program's level of effectiveness. 

Dr. Myrstol, (standing), AJiC Director, and Sarah Galgano,
Pew Results First Technical Assistance Team, discussed how
recidivism data are collected and analyzed.
AJiC will next be working with the Pew-MacArthur Results First benefit-cost model which calculates the monetary benefits of an adult criminal justice program based on its expected effect on recidivism. Baseline cohorts have been identified and will be studied during a 7-year follow-up period to analyze recidivism rates.

The Pew-Mac Arthur Results First Initiative technical team  provides assistance to AJiC, and team members also attended and presented information  to the steering committee.  In spring 2015, Alaska became the 19th jurisdiction to partner with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint effort of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The goal of this initiative is to encourage states to be good stewards of public monies by developing policies and investing in program that rigorous research has shown to be effective.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Questions about renting in Alaska? A new short online video series with 2 attorneys -- Prof. Fortson, Justice faculty, and Daniel Coons, AK Legal Services, may have the answers

The Justice Center and Alaska Legal Services Corporation have partnered to create a video series to help answer often-asked questions about landlord tenant law in Alaska.

The videos are free online and aimed at members of the public, and organizations that assist people with landlord tenant questions.

These short videos – each about 5 minutes long  – cover the following topics:

*Introduction (2:45 mins.)
*Moving In (3:42 mins.)
*Paying Rent (4:28 mins.)
*Leasing and Subleasing (4:09 mins.)
*Apartment Rules (4:36 mins.)
*Landlord Responsibilities and Repairs (5:19 mins.)
*Moving Out (5:12 mins.)
*Reasons for Eviction (5:31 mins.)
*Eviction Process (5:57 mins.)
*Housing Discrimination (4:36 mins.)
*Public & Subsidized Housing (4:54 mins.)

Please share this link to the video series with anyone who may have questions, or who assists those who have questions, about renting in Alaska.
http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/publications/authors/fortson/1250.161.landlord_tenant.html

The series was created by Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., UAA Justice Center, in cooperation with Daniel Coons, J.D., Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and produced and edited by Eric Baldwin, UAA Academic Innovations and eLearning.

Dr. Rosay participates in Research for the Real World seminar at the National Institute of Justice with the Office of the Vice President, Office for Victims of Crime, and Office on Violence Against Women - attend live online!


Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center director, will present the findings from his recent research report on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men on June 23 for the "Research for the Real World" seminar at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C.

He will then participate in a moderated discussion with Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, J.D., Advisor on Violence Against Women, Office of the Vice President; Joye Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime; and Dr. Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, Office on Violence Against Women.  The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice.

Register here to attend the seminar live online.
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ADT
Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Note: This event will be videotaped.  Watch for a blog post when the link for the video is available.

Read Dr. Rosay's research report here.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dr. Rosay presents at congressional briefing on his NIJ report on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, was one of the panelists giving a June 16 briefing to the U.S. Congress about the recent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report: "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey." Dr. Rosay is the author of the report.

Senator Lisa Murkowski commented on the importance of the report.  Other presenters included Terri Henry (Co-Chair, National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women; Board Chair, Indian Law Resource Center; Former Chairwoman, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Virginia Davis (Staff attorney, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)), Theresa Sheldon, Councilwoman (Tulalip Tribes of WA), Deborah Parker (Former Vice-Chair, Tulalip Tribes of WA), and Cherrah Giles (Board President, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center).

 Click here for Dr. Rosay's PowerPoint presentation at the briefing.

A video of the briefing will be available at a later date.  Watch the blog for details.

Key findings from the report:
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. This includes:
      *56.1% who have experienced sexual violence, and
      *55.5% who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
Among American Indian and Alaska Native victims, 90% of women and 85% of men have experienced sexual violence by an interracial intimate partner perpetrator.
 
The briefing was coordinated by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the Indian Law Resource Center, and the National Congress of American Indians.