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June 19, 2004

Disparity Study from Alaska

There is an amazing amount of amazing research on state criminal justice and sentencing systems which get little national attention. In a series of posts, I hope to highlight some of this research. And it seems only appropriate to start at the top --- with a stunningly comprehensive report produced by the Alaska Judicial Council. Upon a recommendation from the Alaska Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access, the Judicial Council compile data on Alaska felony cases. As documented in a full report of stunning proportions (over 350 pages!), the Council reviewed predisposition incarceration, charge reductions, case dismissals, sentencing, post-disposition incarceration and total time incarcerated. In a comprehensive executive summary (which runs 41 pages!), the Council highlights that it found evidence that Alaska's criminal justice system was generally even-handed, but if did find some disparities by ethnicity, type of attorney, gender and rural location. The full report includes descriptive data about the court process for cases filed as felonies in 1999, and a detailed description of the multivariate analysis, findings and recommendations.

June 19, 2004 at 09:16 PM | Permalink

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I am a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I am working on some research on sentencing disparity in the State. More specifically, I am investigating whether or not the State's bail procedures have a disparate impact on Alaskan Natives and result in the longer incarceration periods of Natives. I would appreciate any available information or sources that could help me in acquiring valuable information about this topic

Posted by: Jeff May | Feb 26, 2005 3:09:17 PM

Upon a recommendation from the Alaska Supreme Court
Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access, the
Judicial Council compile data on Alaska felony cases.

Posted by: Medic Blog | Feb 22, 2011 5:46:33 AM

I am investigating whether or not the State's bail procedures have a disparate impact on Alaskan Natives and result in the longer incarceration periods of Natives.

Posted by: Robe de Cocktail Pas Cher | Dec 12, 2012 1:26:51 AM

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