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August 7-10, 2016 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research, and technologies intended to help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and the IJIS Institute, the National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research and technologies that help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. It is the only criminal justice conference that brings together leaders from federal, state, local and tribal government and the public and private sector to share real world strategies and solutions from around the country.

The 2016 National Forum will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. To learn more about the National Forum or to register, please visit the National Forum website.

As in previous years, JRSA is offering a variety of conference breakout sessions and hosting one preconference and two postconference seminars for Forum attendees. View Agenda.

Information regarding JRSA's preconference and postconference seminars can be found below.

Pre and Post-Conference Registration Rates:


Individuals: $150
Students: $75*


Individuals: $230
Students: $120*

*proof of full-time student enrollment required. To obtain the student discount code, send proof of enrollment to
Jason Trask.

JRSA Preconference Seminar

Sunday, August 7th

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Your Statistical Toolbox: Choosing the Best Tool for the Job

About this Session:

This workshop will provide an overview of common statistical techniques in order to provide a basic foundation and answer the following questions:

  • WHEN and WHY would you use this particular analytic tool to answer your question?
  • HOW do you use a particular analytic tool?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages (or challenges) of using this analytic tool?

The workshop will cover the basic concepts of statistical analysis techniques from correlation and chi-square, t-test, two proportions test, and analysis of variance. We'll also discuss linear regression, logistic regression, interrupted time series, cluster or HLM models, and survival analysis.

This overview will employ criminal justice examples using administrative data sets. Workshop materials provided will include examples of annotated output and a data/analysis selection decision tree.

About the Instructors:

Erin J. Farley, Ph.D. joined the JRSA staff in May 2015 as a Research Associate. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Prior to working at JRSA she was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Court Innovation in NYC where she worked on a number of research projects in the areas of problem solving courts (drug court, mental health court, family treatment court), intelligence driven prosecution, procedural justice, and evidence based assessment and treatment matching.

Shawn M. Flower, Ph.D.joined the JRSA staff in May 2012 as a part-time Research Associate, working as the Principal Investigator of several Washington DC Office of Victim Services Justice Grants projects. She earned her undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at University of Maryland, College Park. Since completing her Ph.D. in 2007, Shawn has been the Principal Researcher of Choice Research Associates, focusing on issues of prisoner re-entry, female offenders, community corrections, and program evaluations that employ rigorous methodologies.

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JRSA Postconference Seminar

Wednesday, August 10th

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Predicting Yes or No: Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis Utilizing Criminal Justice Data

About this Session:

Often Criminal Justice Research involves the use of dichotomous outcomes (e.g., recidivist vs. non-recidivist). In addition, policymakers are often interested in how long it takes for something to happen (e.g., length of time to recidivate). In both cases, we are often interested in what factors influence the outcome. Questions of this type are often best answered using logistic regression, which allows an analyst to investigate which factors predict a dichotomous outcome, or survival analysis, in which factors associated with the length of time for to occur are predicted.

This workshop will explore the use of logistic regression and survival analysis utilizing criminal justice data predicting recidivism. The need for these techniques will be discussed, the assumptions required for accurate analyses examined, and model procedures and interpretation of outcomes demonstrated. Participants will follow the analytic steps from initial data examination and coding through model creation including changing underlying assumptions. The software program SPSS® will be used in modeling demonstrations, and an example of how to create meaningful predicted probability charts in Microsoft Excel® will show participants how to more adequately present the data to audiences not attuned to advanced statistical techniques.

Screen-shots of all SPSS® and Excel® procedures will be provided as well as all SPSS syntax command text.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Daniel J. O'Connell, Ph.D is a Scientist at the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware. His research interests include criminological theory, with a focus on desistance from criminal and addiction careers and the relationship of theory to correctional practice. He has conducted research for the National Institutes of Health, The U.S. Department of Justice and The State of Delaware, often in coordination with the Delaware Statistical Analysis Center. His past and current projects have focused on prisoner reentry, drug treatment and corrections; adolescent drug use; research methodologies with an emphasis of field experiments, statistical applications in criminal justice; and the utilization of evidence based practices in corrections and law enforcement.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Justice Research and Statistics Association sponsored national conferences for more than 25 years in order to bring together the state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs), justice practitioners from other government agencies, and researchers to discuss current justice topics and promote the use of justice statistics and research in policy development. The Presentation Archive contains copies of presentations from 2001-2010.

Presentation Archive

Annual JRSA and BJS Awards

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