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Welcome Aboard!

A Message from JRSA's Executive Director

On behalf of the Justice Research and Statistics Association, I'd like to extend my congratulations on your appointment as Director of your State's Statistical Analysis Center! In this position, you are joining a nationwide network of SAC directors and staff as well as criminal and juvenile justice professionals in public agencies, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. Together, we share a commitment to promote the development, analysis, and dissemination of objective and accurate information to support the policymaking process at state, local and national levels.

This manual is designed to provide you with a basic overview of the Justice Research and Statistics Association, your national membership Association, whose primary mission is to serve the SACs and to improve the administration of criminal and juvenile justice through the objective analysis of data and the dissemination of research that informs policy and practice.

In addition to information about JRSA and the SACs, the manual includes the following Association documents: Bylaws, Election Policies and Procedures, Executive Committee Duties and Responsibilities, as well as JRSA's Committee Membership, Staff & Charges and Code of Ethics. JRSA's State Justice Statistics Training & Technical Assistance grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics includes modest funding for travel expenses so that a SAC director can receive expert assistance on a wide range of topics from another SAC director or JRSA staff. You will find information in your manual about how to use this Mutual Assistance Program (MAP). There is also a list of acronyms and abbreviations to help you navigate the ever-changing world of justice agencies and programs.

Finally, this manual is just a brief introduction to JRSA; given the availability of information on the Internet in general, and through JRSA's web site at in particular, we have only included information here that is not widely available elsewhere. Each year members of the Executive Committee are assigned state SACs which they contact periodically throughout the year to learn about updates, issues or concerns. You will be hearing from your contact on the Committee over the coming months, and they are an excellent resource for you as well.

If you have further questions or need information, please call or email me ( or any of the JRSA staff, as well as any member of the Executive Committee; we are always available to answer your questions and help you find what you need. We wish you the best in your new position!


Jeffrey L. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Executive Director