University of Alaska look at homicides in the state since 1976

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center has released Homicide in Alaska: 1976 – 2016, a new report that compiles 41 years of data.

    While the FBI publishes annual data on homicides in each U.S. state, this is the first time the Alaska-specific data have been compiled and examined across a multi-year time span — representing a valuable new resource for data-informed decision-making.

    Researchers at the Justice Center conducted a range of statistical analyses as part of the report. Among other findings, the data reveal that the proportion of American Indian/Alaska Native and Black/African American individuals among homicide victims in Alaska is double that of those groups’ overall representation in the state.

    Similarly, males are killed at disproportionately high rates.

    The report also finds that although firearms were the most common weapon used in homicides in Alaska, there were proportional differences among victims according to race and sex groups.

    Black/African American males represented the largest proportion of victims killed by a firearm (78%), and American Indian/Alaska Native women represented the smallest (36%).

    American Indian/Alaska Native victims (both male and female) were more likely than members of other race groups to be killed by a knife or cutting instrument.

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