Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $79,428)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
Under this award, the Alaska Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) proposes to assist with the development and implementation of the Alaska Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Case Processing Project. Once established, this research program will systematically document the formal processing of sexual assault and domestic violence cases reported to criminal justice authorities across the state of Alaska. The first phase of this project - to be conducted during the 12-month grant period of this solicitation - will involve the collection and analysis of sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, and domestic violence case file information obtained from the Alaska State Troopers (AST) for the period 2008-2011. Through the use of detailed case reviews, this project will examine the factors influencing the investigation, referral, and prosecution of sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, and domestic violence cases. Results of this research will help criminal justice practitioners and policymakers in Alaska ensure that their efforts to combat sexual assault and domestic violence are efficient, effective, and evenhanded. Funds are also requested to assist the SAC in its efforts to collect and report arrest related death information to BJS on an annual basis.