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.