A new state crime report shows numbers on arrests for drugs in Alaska going back to 1986.

The Alaska Justice Information Center this week released the report and a new fact sheet tracking from 1986 to 2017.

The report presents the data in two ways: One shows arrests for drug possession by drug type and gender, the other shows arrests for drug sales and manufacturing by drug type and gender.


Information will go into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program. Here are some excerpts from the report:

• From 1986 to 2017, the average female arrest rates per 100,000 residents for each drug: 16.5 for narcotics; 11 for marijuana;  3.8 for synthetic narcotics; and 3.7 for other non-narcotics.

• During that same period, the average male arrest rates per 100,000 residents for each drug: 46.2 for narcotics; 40 for marijuana; 10.4  for synthetic narcotics; and 9.8 for other non-narcotics.

• Also, in that same period, males accounted for roughly three-fourths (76.4 percent) and females accounted for roughly one-fourth (23.6 percent) of all drug sale and manufacture arrests in the state of Alaska.

• The female and male rates parallel one another in that they rise and fall at the same points in most years.

• For all drugs, the difference between female and male arrest rates in 2016 are smaller than in 1986.

• Narcotics sale and manufacture, the offense with the highest arrest rates, peaked at 38.1 females and 92.2 male residents per 100,000 residents each.  

• Synthetic narcotics sale and manufacture is the only offense that shows an increasing trend for both male and female populations; all other drug offenses show a decreasing trend for both male and female populations.

• Other non-narcotics sale and manufacture is the only offense that did not have arrest rates peak at least once in the 1990s.

The full report is available on the Alaska Justice Information Center website.

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