Criminal Justice

The Alaska Department of Law works to assure safe and healthy communities by prosecuting and convicting criminal offenders in urban and rural Alaska.

Unlike most other states, Alaska has no system of county prosecutors. Some municipalities have ordinances governing criminal conduct and prosecute misdemeanor crimes that occur in their jurisdictions, but the Attorney General has the responsibility of prosecuting violations of state law.

District attorneys prosecute violations of state criminal law committed by adults and a large portion of the serious crimes committed by juveniles. Prosecution services protect the public by convicting criminals and placing them under appropriate controls.

The Attorney General is committed to providing the State of Alaska with vigorous and fair prosecution services. Many dedicated prosecutors, paraprofessionals, and support staff in the Alaska Department of Law work to help fulfill that commitment.