As 2015 draws to a close, the Justice Center celebrates forty years of leadership in civil and criminal justice education in Alaska, and in research on justice issues in rural and urban Alaska. The Justice Center was established by the Alaska State Legislature in 1975. Over the past four decades, faculty and research staff have contributed to studies ranging from the revision of the Alaska Criminal Code to the development of the master plan for corrections.
More recent research studies and Alaska Justice Forum articles have focused on issues such as violence against women, policing, substance abuse, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the role of Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs), corrections, and homelessness in Alaska. After 40 years of service, the Justice Center reaffirms its vision to lead Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society.
See a timeline of selected milestones from the past forty years.