Barrow Probation Office

The Barrow Probation Office supervises probation and parole cases in the area covering the northernmost tip of Alaska. There are eight villages in our jurisdiction - Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Lay, Point Hope, and Wainwright. At the present time, the Fairbanks probation office is supervising the probation and parole cases in Anaktuvik Pass. Our villages are located within the North Slope Borough - an area covering 90,000 square miles. Our probation office has a staff of one Probation/Parole Officer and a Criminal Justice Tech overlooking the vast Arctic Ocean.

About the Area

The winter temperatures, with wind chill factor, get as low as minus eighty degrees or colder and there are nine months of winter. The sun goes down in Barrow around the middle of November and returns two months later.

Inupiat Eskimos make up the greater percentage of the village populations, ranging from a high of 94 percent or so in Atqasuk to a low of 60 percent in Barrow. The population range from 205 in Point Lay, the smallest in population; to 4,200 or so in Barrow. The next largest village, population-wise, from Barrow, is Wainwright with around 630 people. The population in the remaining villages is between 200 and 300 people in each. Barrow is the most modern of the seven villages. Although most of the residents in Barrow work full or part-time, many hunt, fish and go whaling for much of their food. In Barrow, the North Slope Borough employs 48 percent of the work force and the school district employs another 13.5 percent. The State of Alaska has ten different offices in Barrow, although some of the offices have only one employee.

The nearest village to Barrow, Atqasuk, is located inland from the Arctic Ocean on the Meade River, about 60 miles southwest of Barrow. The farthest village from the Barrow Probation Office is Kaktovik (also called Barter Island), 278 miles southeasterly of Barrow and on the northern edge of the 20.3 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Hunting in Kaktovik is for Dall sheep, moose, caribou and fox. The most scenic of the villages, by popular opinion, is Anaktuvuk Pass, located about 250 miles southeast of Barrow in the Gates of the Arctic National Parks and Preserve. Tall mountains and lakes surround the village of Anaktuvuk Pass and its name means "the place of caribou droppings." In Point Lay, on the Chuckchi Sea coast, the villagers hunt mainly beluga whales. Wainwright is located on a wave-eroded coastal bluff on a narrow peninsula separating Wainwright Inlet from the Chuckchi Sea, and it is home to villagers who craft exquisite items from ivory, baleen and whalebone. In Nuiqsut, on the Colville River Delta, the people hunt for game including caribou, moose, waterfowl and fish for arctic char, whitefish and grayling.