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State SACs 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 informed policy and program decisions.
JRSA conducts and publishes multistate, policy-relevant research on justice issues; provides training and technical assistance to build research and evaluation capacity and knowledge of evidence-based practices at the state and local levels; and maintains information on state criminal and juvenile justice research and programs.
Shaler 2014 Forum   Maine SAC Director George Shaler presents at the Recidivism: National and State Perspectives Workshop.
SACs Participate in 2014 Forum on Criminal Justice
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JRSA Forum   The June issue of the JRSA Forum is now available.
JRSA Forum
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National Forum   Presentation slides from the 2014 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Breckenridge, Colorado, are available online.
National Forum on Criminal Justice
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Characteristics of SAC Victimization Surveys   A new report, Characteristics of SAC Victimization Surveys, is available on the JRSA Reports page.
New JRSA Report
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SAC Spotlight
Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) Maryland

The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center is located in the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), which serves as the State Administering Agency (SAA), and facilitates the collection and objective analysis of statewide criminal justice statistics to support evidence-based policies and practices. GOCCP has developed the SAC's website into a one-stop shop of timely, relevant data for public safety entities and the general public. MSAC also provides information to the legislature through special reports, conducts surveys on a wide range of public safety issues, evaluates criminal justice programs, and maintains a database to track statistics on DNA "hits" in the state.

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Updates from JRSA

Evidence-Based Practices Toolkit

JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has produced the first in what will be a series of "toolkits" on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in State Administering Agencies (SAAs). The first toolkit, An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices, includes a briefing paper, an executive summary, and a slideshow. The slideshow can be tailored by SAAs to highlight their own efforts in promoting evidence-based practices in their state. Additional toolkits are currently being developed based on feedback from SAA directors.


Improving State Capacity for Crime Reporting: Data Quality and Imputation Methods Using State Incident-Based Reporting (IBR) System Data is now available on the JRSA
Webinar page

Strategies for Building a Successful SAC-SAA Relationship is now available on the JRSA Webinar page.