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Evaluation of the Alaska Pre-Trial Intervention Program

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Date Published
January 1988
Between 1983 and 1986, data were collected on the legal status, personal characteristics, program participation, treatment requirements, and restitution and community service of all participants, Statewide, in Alaska's Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI).

Criminal histories for 2 to 5 years after intake were used to assess recidivism and recidivist characteristics. Results indicate that PTI operated successfully on a variety of measures throughout its existence. It met intake goals, was available to a broad spectrum of citizens, and two-thirds of clients admitted to the program had no record of subsequent law violations. The program admitted only prosecutable offenders and did not result in netwidening. The program provided alternatives to more severe sanctions for nearly 1,900 Alaskans of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status whose offenses were not violent or of a serious or threatening nature. PTI clients ranged in age from 17 to 66 and included both males and females. Theft, drug burglary/trespass, assault, and minor consuming were the most frequently charged offenses. Of clients, 36.8 percent were felons, and 36.3 percent had prior convictions. During the program, clients completed 65,302 hours of community service; paid $435,081 in victim restitution; and participated in needed treatment programs, including alcohol, psychological, domestic violence, and career counseling. Program flow charts and forms are appended. 12 figures and 37 references.

Date Published: January 1, 1988