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Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award

The Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award recognizes outstanding efforts by Statistical Analysis Centers to apply empirical analysis to criminal justice policy-making in the states. The National Publication Award was established in 1986 and was renamed the following year in memory of Phillip Hoke, the first Louisiana SAC director and one of the founders of JRSA. The award was renamed in 2012 in memory of longtime North Carolina SAC Director, and former JRSA President, Douglas Yearwood.

The award is given in two categories related to type of publication: Statistical/Management and Research/Policy Analysis. Two awards are given within each of those categories - one for small SACs, those with fewer than five full-time staff; and one for large SACs.

Reports in this category present statistical data that identify and describe one or more justice-related issues. This type of report usually includes tables and graphs, with some text that explains and summarizes the data depicted.

2014 Award

Indiana Statistical Analysis Center
Victimization in Indiana: Nature, Extent, and Related Services
Joshua Ross, Christine Reynolds, Garrett Mason, and Andrew Rodeghero
(Small SAC)

West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center
Testing the Validity of Demonstrated Imputation Methods on Longitudinal NIBRS Data
Christina R. LaValle, Stephen M. Haas, Erica Turley, James J. Nolan
(Large SAC)

Research/Policy Analysis
Reports in this category pose one or more specific research or evaluation questions and typically employ a specific research design to address the issues raised. They usually involve the collection and analysis of data (either quantitative or qualitative), summarize findings, and offer conclusions and recommendations.

2014 Award

Vermont Statistical Analysis Center
Criminal Justice Consensus Cost-Benefit Working Group: Final Report
Max Schlueter, Robin Weber, Marcia Bellas, William (Travis) Morris, Nathan Lavery, and Nancy Greenewalt
(Small SAC)

West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center
Predictors of Client Success in Day Report Centers: Successful Program Completion and its Relationship to Recidivism
Christina R. LaValle, Stephen M. Haas, and James J. Nolan
(Large SAC)

Past National Publication Award winners

JRSA Website and SAC Innovation Awards
BJS Special Award for State Justice Statistics Achievement

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