Friday, April 8, 2016

Dr. Myrstol interviewed by Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about recent AJSAC report and sexual assault case delays

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), was interviewed by the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about the recently released AJSAC report, Descriptive Analysis of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Incidents Closed by the Alaska State Troopers: 2008-2011.

Dr. Myrstol's work described in the report is a collaborative effort with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, and the Alaska Department of Law, 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.

He was interviewed in relation to a decades-long rape case that is the subject of the article.  Dr. Myrstol noted, "What we’re attempting to do is build resource capacity and data resources … and make that available to the public and available for researchers to mine and explore."  The study's primary objective  is to understand the factors that influence domestic violence and sexual assault case attrition throughout the criminal justice process in order to improve case outcomes for victims, their families, and their communities.

Read the article here:
"Decades-long rape case sheds light on reality of Alaska crime" by Caitlin Skvorc. Mat-Su Frontiersman, 29 Feb 2016.