The Spring 2015 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum presents articles on the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and alcohol abuse in adulthood, limiting public access to criminal records, police–public contacts in Anchorage, and officer-involved shootings in Anchorage. The 20-page issue includes the following articles:
This article examines the prevalence of adverse childhood
experiences (ACEs) — such as abuse and household dysfunction in
childhood — and its association with adoption by Alaska adults of the
health-risk behaviors of heavy and binge drinking. The behavioral health
of Alaskans could be improved by addressing the association between
ACEs and health-risk drinking behaviors, and establishing an integrated
prevention system. A statistical web supplement provides supporting statistical information.
A criminal record results in a number of different barriers to
reentry into the community for former offenders. These barriers — also
called collateral consequences — can be mitigated by reducing the extent
to which criminal records are visible to employers, landlords, and
others. This article provides a brief overview of the complexity involved in
limiting public access to criminal records, processes adopted in other
states, and recent legislative proposals and current options in Alaska.
This article presents selected results from a pilot study of
police–citizen contacts conducted in Anchorage, Alaska in May 2013. The pilot study was part of a larger effort to establish a
statewide police–public contact survey that will allow for comparison
between Alaska-specific and national police–public contact estimates.
This article presents findings from the December 2013 report Officer-Involved Shootings in Anchorage 1993–2013,
which describes shootings involving officers of the Anchorage Police
Department (APD) for the period January 1, 1993 through May 11, 2013.