State Fact Sheet

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Alaska


In March 2015, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the state of Alaska to further the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. This work will target evidence-based programs and recidivism-reduction grants by generating additional information to help guide policy decisions and ensuring that funded programs deliver the intended results.

The state’s executive and legislative branches issued letters of support for, and commitment to, implementing the Results First approach in Alaska. In his letter, Governor Bill Walker (I) said, “Results First will add significant value to Alaska’s policymaking area of criminal justice expenditures.”


Results First work has now begun under the direction of the newly formed Alaska Justice Information Center (jointly funded by the state of Alaska and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and housed within the University of Alaska, Anchorage Justice Center). 

Next steps

The team’s goal is to compile a complete inventory of state-funded adult criminal justice programs by December 2015, with detailed benefit-cost analyses of programs and policies to inform agency and legislative budget decisions by the end of summer 2016. 

Learn more about our state work.

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