Justice Research and Statistics Association

Justice Research and Statistics Association JRSA is a national nonprofit association of state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs), researchers, and practitioners throughout the justice system dedicated to providing accurate and timely information in support of sound policy development.
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Mission: The mission of the Justice Research and Statistics Association is to promote the effective and efficient administration of criminal and juvenile justice through the objective analysis of data and the dissemination of research that informs policy and practice.

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DOJ Offering JustGrants Training webinarsTo provide targeted assistance to applicants applying for Department of Justice...
02/08/2021
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DOJ Offering JustGrants Training webinars

To provide targeted assistance to applicants applying for Department of Justice (DOJ) funding opportunities, DOJ’s JustGrants team is offering 10 webinar sessions on the application submission process.

Applicants should consider attending one of the sessions between February 11 and March 22, 2021. The upcoming “Application Mechanics: Submitting an Application” webinars will explain—

steps to take prior to applying for funding;
how to find open DOJ funding opportunities in Grants.gov;
how to apply for funding using JustGrants;
the JustGrants roles and their responsibilities and required actions;
how to navigate and use JustGrants to submit your application; and
where to find training materials, job aids, and other resources.

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. The same content will be covered in each session, with time set aside for questions and answers. Registration for each session will be limited, to allow for the JustGrants team to respond to questions.

Additional session information and application submission training materials are posted on the Justice Grants Training - Application Submission page at bit.ly/2O8Ooxlbit.ly/2O8Ooxl .

Register at:
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12/04/2020
Join us for our Webinar: What Constitutes Success? A Conceptual Model for Victim Legal Services for Use in Evaluations, Program Design, and Telling the Story of Your Impacts

The Office for Victims of Crime has called for more research into how victims’ rights provisions are implemented and enforced; whether victims receive the rights and services to which they are entitled; whether being provided these rights and services increases victims’ well-being; and whether these services improve criminal justice outcomes.

However, the field of victim legal services has so far lacked a conceptual framework that articulates the ultimate goals of these services, and how these services promote those goals. Such a framework can help victim legal services providers to:

- better craft programs that provide meaningful legal and social services to
crime victims

- better measure the impact of their interventions through meaningful
evaluation

- better tell their stories to community, criminal justice, victim services, and
funding stakeholders

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) and the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) were funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to create such a conceptual model through a collaborative process, and to pilot test it with three legal clinics.

This webinar will present the conceptual model, talk about its uses in the field and the successes and challenges with testing it so far, and then have a group discussion about participants’ opinions about its usefulness.

Register at:
https://secure.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=7668&evt=CVR-LEGAL&t=658416102&t=1607111358403

08/28/2020
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2020 Yearwood SAC Publication Award Submission are due Friday, September 4, 2020. For more information and submission forms visithttps://www.jrsa.org/pubs/forum/2020-yearwood-announcement.pdf

Center for Victim Research's podcast, Tell Us About It: Victim Research Convos has been selected as one of Vera Institut...
01/29/2020
Best Of: Conversations on Justice Reform

Center for Victim Research's podcast, Tell Us About It: Victim Research Convos has been selected as one of Vera Institute of Justice’s Best of 2019 honorees

Tell Us About It: Victim Research Convos has been selected as one of Vera Institute of Justice’s Best of 2019 honorees. For the past three years, the Vera Institute of Justice has released an annual round-up of the “State of Justice Reform,” which identifies major trends and developments in criminal justice reform the preceding year. This is accompanied by the “Best of Justice Reform,” which recognizes artists, films, art, influencers, podcasts and more who advanced justice reform.

Vera is hosting Best Of: Conversations on Justice Reform on January 30 in Iowa City. Alongside Vera experts and special guests like Josie Duffy Rice, Samuel Sinyangwe, Kendrick Sampson, and Kimberly Drew, we’ll be recognizing and celebrating all of our Best Of honorees – including you! We will also be livestreaming the event on Facebook Live and Periscope starting at 5 pm CT. We hope you can tune in, and share!

The Center for Victim Research is a joint effort by three organizations: the Justice Research and Statistics Association; the National Center for Victims of Crime; and the Urban Institute.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-of-conversations-on-justice-reform-tickets-89643236333

Join us to honor justice-related media and discuss the state of criminal and immigration justice reform with special guests.

10/09/2019

JRSA Announces New Funding

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) is pleased to announce three new federally funded projects and extended funding for three current projects. In the most recent cycle of Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs solicitations, JRSA submitted seven new proposals and three requests for extended funding of current projects for a total of $4,048,220 for its work; the three successful new proposals combined with the three successful requests for extended funding yielded $2,499,709 in additional funds for JRSA in the coming fiscal year.

The three new projects include:

1. The National Institute of Justice's Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a two-year (phase one) project in partnership with RTI International and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research;

2. The National Institute of Justice's Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development, a twenty-one month project in partnership with RTI International, the Georgia Statistical Analysis Center and Performance Vistas; and

3. The Office of Violence Against Women's Measuring Success in the Criminal Justice System's Response to Domestic Dating Violence, a one-to-two year project in partnership with the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Government.

Extended funding for current projects includes:

1. The Bureau of Justice Statistics' State Justice Statistics for Statistical Analysis Centers Technical Assistance Program;

2. The Office of Victims of Crime's National Resource Centers for Research, Evaluation and Reaching Underserved Populations; and

3. The Office of Victims of Crime's Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Technical Assistance Program.

10/09/2019

JRSA Releases A New Research Report - Estimating the Financial Costs of Crime Victimization

Despite reductions in U.S. crime rates in recent decades, crime victimization continues to be a pressing problem with enormous societal costs. Currently available national estimates are in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year – equivalent to between 2 percent and 6 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. This project, conducted by the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) in partnership with the Urban Institute (Urban) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), is an assessment of the field of cost of victimization research. The product is a menu of recommendations for future research studies and practitioner tools to advance the field. One objective of the project was to keep the focus squarely on the victims, and consider what information is most needed by those who serve them. Relatedly, another objective was to recognize that even if the proximate victim is a business, the government, or non-profit organization, individuals still suffer.

Given the victim-centered focus, the project team conducted several primary data collections, including focus groups and surveys, to obtain input from victims and various practitioner groups about their experiences and needs. The project team also re-framed the taxonomy of victimization costs pioneered and revised by Cohen over the years (Cohen, 2005, e.g.) from the perspective of various practitioner users – based on who covers different costs – and added factors that may change cost estimates. The project team also conducted a literature review that consists of two major sections: how costs of victimization are estimated, and estimation methods and data sources concerning the incidence, prevalence, and concentration of victimization.

The data collection activities and literature review, combined with extensive input from an advisory board of experts throughout the project, inform the menu of recommendations proposed in Volume III. These focus on topical areas where more information is needed; methodological recommendations to improve estimates; and practitioner resources and tools to help disseminate research developments, assist in calculating local estimates, and better equip practitioners to communicate and use victimization cost estimates effectively in the field.

http://www.jrsa.org/projects/victim-cost.html

07/24/2019
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JRSA is currently working with NORC to redesign our Infobase of State Activities and Research (ISAR) and as part of this redesign JRSA is adding a new component that will provide the SACs with an index of criminal justice researchers and experts who are interested in advising or providing consulting services to SACs on their activities. Our goal in establishing and maintaining this database is to connect SACs to experts who can help SACs enhance their statistical, research, and organizational capabilities and this is where we need your help!

Does your SAC work with, or know of, an individual or agency who you feel would be a valuable addition to the SME database? If so, we ask that you please share this recruitment letter. (http://www.jrsa.org/jrsa-documents/sme-isar-recruitment-letter.pdf) This letter provides a brief introduction to JRSA and the ISAR system, a description of our goals for the SME database and a link to a survey if individuals decide to register.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erin Farley at [email protected].

Check out our new resource on the Incident-Based Reporting Resource Center!  The newly added State Resource page provide...
06/21/2019
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Check out our new resource on the Incident-Based Reporting Resource Center! The newly added State Resource page provides links to state topical and special reports that utilize incident-based data.

http://www.incidentbased.org/htm/stateprofiles02_p.htm

Many states rely on Incident-Based Reports, Summary Reports, or Victims Surveys to conduct research on topics of interest to policy makers and the law enforcement community. Please use the links below to view state topical and special reports.

06/14/2019
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Check out our new fact sheet - Using State Criminal History Records for Research and Evaluation.

Each state across the nation tracks and compiles offender criminal records, or “rap sheets,” in repositories which are often maintained by State departments of police or public safety. These repositories hold arrest and criminal case processing information (e.g., arrest date, statutory offense type, charges filed, court dispositions, etc.) for individuals reported to the repository by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, and corrections agencies.

While criminal history record information (CHRI) is most often used for operational purposes within the criminal justice system, as well as for criminal background checks initiated by public and private organizations for pre-employment screening and firearm purchases, CHRI data also is a valuable resource for empirical research.

JRSA has developed a fact sheet to raise awareness in the research community about the contemporary value of CHRI data for both research and program evaluation.It briefly describes how CHRI has evolved and improved in quality over time, and it discusses the types of studies CHRI data could potentially support, as well as some of the challenges a researcher may encounter in accessing and using CHRI data.

The fact sheet is available at:
http://www.jrsa.org/pubs/factsheets/jrsa-factsheet-chri.pdf

05/09/2019
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Have you heard? Updates to the BJA Reporting Requirements for Deaths in Custody

Beginning in FY 2019, noncompliance to the reporting requirements associated with the Death in Custody Reporting Act may result in a penalty. States who fail to comply may be subject to up to a 10% reduction in funds. Information regarding reporting requirements and possible penalties for noncompliance can be found on pages 12- 13 of the solicitation.

https://bit.ly/2PUp5fk

03/14/2019
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The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announces funding opportunity for the FY 2019 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics seeks applications from state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) for funding under the 2019 State Justice Statistics (SJS) program. The 2019 SJS program will continue to focus on building the core capacities of state SACs and improving the sharing of state-level information nationally. Priority areas this year include enhancing the SACs’ capabilities to collect, analyze, and publish statistical data that support the states’ strategic criminal justice planning and program needs.
Applications are due by May 13, 2019.

https://bit.ly/2F3Eghm

Check out our new Conducting Reliable Research on Parole Outcomes: Factors to Consider Fact Sheet!Within parole, recidiv...
01/29/2019
JRSA FACT SHEETS

Check out our new Conducting Reliable Research on Parole Outcomes: Factors to Consider Fact Sheet!

Within parole, recidivism outcomes are affected by changes to the risk profiles of parolees under supervision, and this effect is reciprocal. As caseloads get riskier, recidivism rates will likely increase, but as riskier parolees are removed from caseloads because of revocations and new criminal convictions, caseload risk will decrease. These nuances are generally ignored by the public, the media, and often policymakers-who tend to focus primarily on the relationships between criminal activities and correctional outcomes. But such a perspective under emphasizes the ways that key institutions affect one another and the ways that institutional characteristics and the local political environment shape correctional population and sanctioning patterns.

This fact sheet will explore these issues with a focus on the recent history of parole in Colorado, which experienced significant changes to policies, practices, and outcomes in the wake of a tragic, high-profile event-the murder of Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections, by a high-risk parolee in March of 2013 (Lin, 2018). This fact sheet will also highlight the importance of accounting for institutional and environmental influences on parole outcomes, review some of the ways that researchers can empirically measure them and identify common analytic challenges in these efforts.

The fact sheet is available at www.jrsa.org/pubs/factsheets/index.html

The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and the justice community who are dedicated to the use of research and analysis to make....

Check out our new Implicit Racial Bias Fact Sheet!Implicit racial bias and its potential effects on criminal justice dec...
01/10/2019
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Check out our new Implicit Racial Bias Fact Sheet!

Implicit racial bias and its potential effects on criminal justice decision making have become highly visible topics (issues) in recent years. Driven by a myriad of factors, including the well-documented disparity in criminal justice involvement across racial groups (over-representation of people of color) and several high-profile events that have exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they serve, both discourse and research on the topic of implicit bias has become more prominent than ever before. This fact sheet is intended to raise awareness about the concept of implicit racial bias, the effect of implicit racial bias in the criminal justice system, and how the issue is being addressed to enhance the fair and equitable administration of justice.

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of implicit racial bias as it relates to the different stages of the criminal justice system. Various mechanisms used to address the issue of implicit racial bias are also briefly discussed along with what is known about their effectiveness.

The fact sheet is at www.jrsa.org/pubs/factsheets/index.html

The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and the justice community who are dedicated to the use of research and analysis to make....

In light of the FBI's move from summary to incident-based reporting of crimes in the United States by law enforcement ag...
08/17/2018
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In light of the FBI's move from summary to incident-based reporting of crimes in the United States by law enforcement agencies and BJS's National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) program the Executive Committee of JRSA has chosen to partner with the Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs (ASUCRP) for their annual conference in 2018. An agenda with more information for SAC attendees is forthcoming

The 2018 ASUCRP Conference will be held Wednesday, September 5 - Friday, September 7 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Pre-conference Workshop: September 4th, 1 PM - 5 PM - Data Visualization
In this workshop participants will gain an introduction and will have hands on exploration of the powerful statistical and visualization tool, RStudio. This will include reading in sets of data, a step-by-step introduction to the basic features of RStudio with an emphasis on creating a range of simple plots, and a demonstration of the more advanced capabilities of RStudio.

Post-conference Workshop: September 7th, 1 PM - 5 PM -Implementation Science 101: Why Good Programs Fail and What You Can Do to Facilitate Success.
This workshop is designed to enhance participant capacity to tackle implementation challenges by raising awareness about the importance and difficulty of implementation, and by introducing participants to implementation science and its key lessons learned. Specifically, the workshop will cover: how and why implementation challenges vary with different approaches to evidence-based practice, how routine circumstances can derail implementation, drivers of sound implementation identified through research, and frameworks for engaging in fidelity assessment and quality assurance.

The seminar fee is $150.00 for members and $195.00 for non-members. Register at:
https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?Site=JRSA&WebCode=Shopping&cart=0

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