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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 award is given in two categories: Statistical/Management and Research/Policy Analysis. Two awards are given within each of those categories based on the size of the staff, one for small SACs, with fewer than five full-time staff, and one for large SACs.

The National Publication Award was established in 1986 as the Phillip Hoke Award in memory of 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.

2015 Awards

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.

Maine Statistical Analysis Center
Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System
written by Robyn Dumont, Erica King & George Shaler
(Small SAC)

Colorado Statistical Analysis Center
Analysis of Colorado State Board of Parole Decisions: FY2014 Report
written by Kevin L. Ford
(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.

New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center
New Mexico SAC for Prison Program Utilization and Recidivism among Female Inmates in New Mexico
written by Kristine Denman
(Small SAC)

Colorado Statistical Analysis Center
Evaluation of the Youthful Offender System in Colorado
written by Germaine Miera, Peg Flick, Christine Adams, Laurence Lucero, and Kim English
(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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