State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $3 million* in state and local funds to Alaska.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $857,725
Justice Assistance Grant Program—2 Local Awards $453,606
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,059,756

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Alaska Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Statewide Multijurisdictional Task Force and Prosecution Program $857,725

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Fairbanks Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Local JAG Program $36,041
Municipality of Anchorage 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mobile Data Computer Laptop Refresh—Data Storage Expansion/Upgrade—Uninterrupted Power Supply Rehabilitation Project $417,565

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Alaska Department of Corrections 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Alaska Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $49,683
Alaska Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $34,352
Alaska Department of Public Safety 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation of Funds $214,037
Alaska Native Justice Center 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Alaska Native Justice Center’s Adult Reentry Program $749,999
Anvik Tribal Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Tribal Public Safety Building Renovation $256,447
Central Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) Second Chance Program $724,764
State of Alaska 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Alaska John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program $30,474

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 36

Sworn Officers: 1,312

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 91% of the 36 law enforcement agencies in Alaska have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 61% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 2 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 403 officers were assaulted (0.81% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Alaska:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 4,412 4,708 6.7
Murder and Manslaughter 30 34 13.3
Forcible Rape* 583 1,566 N/A
Robbery 630 624 -1.0
Aggravated Assault 3,169 3,128 -1.3
Property Crime 20,037 21,210 5.9
Burglary 2,950 2,916 -1.2
Larceny-Theft 15,565 16,599 6.6
Motor Vehicle Theft 1,522 1,695 11.4
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (29,568) decreased 0.41% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 1.24% (1,638), and property-related arrests increased 11.22% (4,006).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court


Prisoner Admissions: 3,906
Prisoner Releases: 3,774
Total Prisoners: 5,081

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 13
Recidivism Rate*: 63.2%
Top Offenses: Assault 4, assault 3, felony DWI (FY 2013)

Source: Alaska Department of Corrections
*The percentage of offenders who returned to custody within the first 3 years of release.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Western States Information Network (WSIN), a RISS Center, serves Alaska. There are 67 Alaska criminal justice agencies that are members of WSIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Alaska


In Alaska, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Statewide Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and Prosecution Program, which is a cooperative law enforcement and prosecution effort involving several criminal justice agencies with jurisdiction over different areas of the state, sharing the common goal of addressing illegal drugs and alcohol and violent crime problems in Alaska. The program enables law enforcement and prosecution agencies in different jurisdictions to work together as a single entity to improve communication, share intelligence, and coordinate activities. This allows for more efficient use of resources and targeting of offenders whose activities cross jurisdictional boundaries. Alaska also provides a large state share of funding to support this program effort.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Administrative Services Kelly Howell, Director

Alaska At-A-Glance

Total Population: 735,132
Population Under 18: 188,132
Population Over 65: 66,089

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Alaska Bureau of Investigation Gary Folger, Commissioner

Local Governments: 177
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 229
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Karen L. Loeffler—District of Alaska, Anchorage Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mike O'Hare, Director

Drug Courts: 10
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center