Monday, July 21, 2014

AJSAC researcher Khristy Parker interviewed by ADN about Fact Sheet on burglary in Alaska

Khristy Parker, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) researcher, was interviewed by Jerzy Shedlock of the Alaska Dispatch News about the recent AJSAC Fact Sheet, "Burglary in Alaska: 1985-2012." Overall, the number of burglaries reported to law enforcement in Alaska decreased by more than half from 1985-2012.

Read the article -  "Report: Burglary in Alaska down 65 percent since 1985" by Jerzy Shedlock. Online at Alaska Dispatch News, Jul 17, 2014.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Justice Center alum spotlight: Melanie Osborne

Melanie Osborne.
Melanie Osborne, B.A. Justice  '92, was hired this spring as General Counsel for Chugach Alaska Corporation, which represents over 2,500 Eskimo, Aleut, and Indian shareholders. Prior to joining Chugach Alaska, she served as deputy general counsel for NANA Development Corporation. Melanie has 13 years of experience representing Alaska Native tribes and corporations, and volunteers her time with several non-profits including Alaska Legal Services and Breast Cancer Focus. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.  Melanie was also recently elected treasurer of the UAA Justice Alumni Chapter.  

(Photo copyright Chugach Alaska Corporation.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AJSAC releases fact sheet — Burglary in Alaska: 1985–2012

Burglary in Alaska: 1985–2012
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data for 1985–2012 on the property crime of burglary, including burglary rates, time and place of occurrence, and the value of property stolen during burglaries reported to police. Data is drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, which represents the State of Alaska's contribution to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Research by Dr. Rivera noted in Anchorage Daily News compass piece on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Research by Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, was noted in a July 2 Anchorage Daily News compass piece, "Alaska Commerce commissioner no friend to alcohol enforcement," by Shirley Coté, former director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Ms. Cote referred to a study by Dr. Rivera and Khristy Parker, Analysis of Strategies Designed to Reduce Sales of Alcohol and Tobacco to Underage Persons: A Preliminary Report.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dr. Myrstol co-authors article in Community Mental Health Journal on mental health among the homeless

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty and Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, co-authored an article, "Does Context Matter? Examining the Mental Health Among Homeless People," which was published online in June in the Community Mental Health Journal.

The co-authors are Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and Elizabeth Miller, Department of Sociology, University of  Oregon, Eugene.

The study examines how place and social capital interact to influence depressive symptomology among the homeless. The research occurred in two very distinct locales in two different states, Birmingham, Alabama (urban) and Northwest Arkansas (suburban/rural). Social capital refers to the social networks and relationships an individual is involved in.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Drs. Chamard and Payne present at international conference on crime prevention and how location impacts crime

L to r: Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Sharon Chamard at the conference.
Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty, presented "A Tale of Two Cities' Attempts to Lower Calls for Service via Civil Remedies"  at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) conference in the Netherlands in June.  The research compared the count of police incidents before and after a notice of excessive police incidents at properties in Anchorage and Green Bay, Wisconsin.


ECCA is an annual, invitation-only symposium attended by an international group of researchers and practitioners engaged in situational crime prevention, crime science, intelligence-led policing, and problem-oriented policing. In 2008, the Justice Center hosted the 17th annual ECCA Symposium on the UAA campus.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Justice Center closing at noon, July 2, and closed July 3 and 4 for holiday

The Justice Center will be closing at noon on Wednesday, July 2, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4, in observance of Independence Day.

The Justice Center will reopen on Monday, July 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Have a safe and healthy July 4!

Justice major Camilla Hussein-Scott and her daughter are highlighted in UA's Shaping Alaska video

Camilla Hussein-Scott
A video filmed last year featuring UAA Justice major Camilla Hussein-Scott and her daughter Salomé Scott, then a UAA chemistry student, is on the UA Shaping Alaska's Future website. Camilla is an active member of the Pre-Law Society and is the president of the UAA NO MORE Alliance.  Salomé graduated in Spring 2014 and has been accepted to the University of New Mexico Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Master's/Ph.D. program.

Salomé Scott
See Camilla and Salomé in the video, "A New Family Tradition" on the UA Student Achievement and Attainment page.

The UA website notes, "The Shaping Alaska's Future initiative is UA's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. The university is working to modernize, streamline and improve the university system by investing in areas of real need and eliminating barriers to student success." 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Research team is integral part of AK Justice Statistical Analysis Center project on case processing

The research team meets with Dr. Myrstol (far right) at the Justice Center to mark the end of the project.
The research team for the Alaska Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Case Processing Project recently wrapped up their phase of work for the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). This AJSAC research initiative began in November 2013 with the research team reviewing sexual assault and domestic violence cases reported to Alaska State Troopers over a 4-year period, 2008-2011.

The primary objective of the project is to empirically document the criminal justice case processing and outcomes of sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, and domestic violence cases in the state of Alaska.

The data collection by these researchers is part of a collaborative project with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Alaska Department of Law, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice.  During the course of the project, the research team reviewed and coded over 3,500 cases. The project is supported by a research grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.


Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and AJSAC director, is the principal investigator on this project, and is assisted by Khristy Parker, AJSAC Research Professional. In coming years, Dr. Myrstol intends to expand the project to include additional Alaska police agencies.

The AJSAC is housed at the UAA Justice Center. For more information about AJSAC research projects and publications, please visit the AJSAC website.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Prof. Knudsen talks to students in Della Keats program about impact of the law on health care in Alaska

Prof. Knudsen points to the damage to the hospital in Unalaska during WWII.
Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was invited to speak to high school students in the Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program at UAA on June 25. She discussed "The Impact of Law on Medicine and the Delivery of Health Care in Alaska."

This residential summer program, established over 30 years ago, is named after Della Keats, an Inupiaq traditional healer, and seeks to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students’ interest in the medical professions. Between 2002 and 2013, over 200 high school students attended the program. The diverse group has included Hmong, African American/Black, and 77 Alaska Native youth.  Dr. Ian van Tets, Program Director, notes that to date, every student who has participated in this program has gone on to attend college - and many have entered a medical profession.

 Della Puyuk Keats
Inupiaq traditional healer
(1907 - 1986)
There is no cost to participants.  Funding comes from WWAMI (Alaska's Medical School), grants, the New York Life Foundation, and other private funding. The program has two phases. The class of 2014 has 12 students  in Della Keats Part 1 and 4 students in Della Keats Part 2 in research internships. The number of slots for this year's class decreased by nearly half due to budget cuts. (The class of 2013 had a total of 25 students.)

WWAMI sponsors this UAA program for high school students who 1) come from an ethnic minority background, 2) live in rural Alaska off the road system, 3) are first-generation American, 4) speak English as a second language, and/or 4) are economically disadvantaged.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA, provide references, and have demonstrated interest in entering a health profession, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, or public health. The program is run in collaboration with the UAA School of Nursing and the Department of Health Sciences.