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July 30 - August 2 at the Hilton Long Beach in California.

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 2017 National Forum will be held at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, CA . To learn more about the National Forum or to register, please visit the National Forum website.


The Hilton Long Beach, located on 701 West Ocean Blvd. (see map below) is located approximately 7 miles from the Long Beach Airport and 21 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. Hotel parking during the conference is available for $12/day.


SuperShuttle is offering conference attendees a 10% discount when booking travel to and from the Hilton Long Beach. Make your reservations using this link. The discount will automatically be applied when you select your trip details.

JRSA Pre and Post-Conference Seminars:

As in previous years, JRSA is offering a variety of conference breakout sessions and hosting one preconference and two postconference seminars for Forum attendees. Information regarding JRSA's preconference and postconference seminars can be found below. The full Forum agenda is available here.

Seminar 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, July 30th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Introduction to Program Evaluation

About this Session:

This workshop will provide an overview of the basic elements and components of program evaluation. Topics will include: types of evaluation; developing performance measures and logic models; evaluation designs; evaluability assessment; and benefit-cost analysis. The overview will employ examples of evaluation of criminal and juvenile justice programs. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own programs.

About the Instructors:

Erin J. Farley, Ph.D. 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.

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.is a Senior Research Fellow at JRSA. Stan has over 40 years of experience conducting research and program evaluation. In his 21 years as JRSA's Research Director, Stan developed and oversaw numerous evaluation efforts, including a multisite assessment of youth mentoring programs and the development of evaluation resources centers for adult and juvenile programs. Prior to joining JRSA in 1995, Stan was the Evaluation Section Chief at the Virginia State Administering Agency, the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Stan earned his B.A. in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and his M.S. and Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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JRSA Postconference Seminars

Wednesday, August 2nd

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

JRSA Annual Business Meeting

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Implementation Science 101: Why Good Programs Fail and What You Can Do to Facilitate Success

About this Session:

Although crime control policy and program development processes are increasingly being informed by scientific evidence, identifying and adopting what works is only part of what's needed to realize positive outcomes. Evidence-based programs and practices still have to be implemented with fidelity and integrity in order to be successful. Unfortunately, implementation is not an easy task, as perfectly ordinary circumstances present serious obstacles to sound implementation in real world settings. Implementation science, however, can help practitioners and researchers tackle implementation challenges so that the promise of evidence-based practice can be more fully realized. This workshop will introduce participants to the conceptual underpinnings and practical applications of this emerging body of knowledge, highlighting the implementation challenges associated with different approaches to evidence-based practice, drivers of sound implementation identified through research, and strategies for measuring implementation fidelity that can be applied across a range of program settings.

About the Instructor:

Roger K. Przybylski, MS is the Interim Research Director for the Justice Research and Statistics Association. Roger is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a company that provides applied research, program evaluation and training and technical assistance services to criminal and juvenile justice organizations across the country. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division and the Illinois SAC. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of JRSA and former chair of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago, and he currently serves as an instructor for the Michigan State University Smart Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy.

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Introduction to Forecasting and Time Series Analysis

About this Session:

Temporal analysis is an important tool for criminal justice researchers. This workshop will present the basics of forecasting and time series analysis. Topics to be covered include: types of forecasting methods and pros and cons of each; when to use each type of forecasting method; time series analysis, including ARIMA analysis; and interrupted time series analysis. Real-world examples from criminal and juvenile justice will be employed.

About the Instructor:

Nathaniel Stevens, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of San Francisco. Nathaniel earned his Ph.D.in Statistics from the University of Waterloo. He teaches jointly in the BS in Data Science and MS in Analytics programs at USF. His interests include time series analysis, machine learning, experimental design, exploratory data analysis, and data visualization.

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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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