About SACs and JRSA
Why the Justice Research and Statistics Association?
Because JRSA has:
- JRSA has demonstrated a commitment in working with the SACs to develop state level capacity in statistical analysis and program evaluation.
- JRSA and the SACs bring a national network of SACs and applied researchers, a system-wide perspective, and a long-term commitment to data-driven initiatives and projects.
- Some organizations work with states over a short period of time; JRSA has a proven record of working with states and SACs to develop long term capability to address pressing justice policy issues. In short, JRSA and the SACs deliver on their commitment through the quality products they produce.
- JRSA and the SACs have the relationships in place that are needed to quickly and efficiently access statistical information from state and local sources and the knowledge to interpret and use state and local data correctly.
- Because of the relationships they've established, and the understanding they have regarding data issues, JRSA and the SACs can respond to requests for information from policymakers (such as Congress and state legislatures) much faster than other organizations.
- JRSA and the SACs have the requisite relationships in place at the federal, state and local levels to facilitate receptivity to research and the use of research, evaluation, performance measurement and analytical findings by practitioners and policy makers.
- JRSA and the SACs have relationships established with SAAs across the country, which places JRSA and the SACs in a unique position to provide data-driven planning and evaluation support in conjunction with each state's administration of federal funds for criminal and juvenile justice.
- The SAC network places JRSA and the SACs in a strong position to serve as a partner in supporting national data collection efforts undertaken by OJP agencies.
- JRSA not only has a national presence on justice policy issues, but through its member Statistical Analysis Centers, JRSA is grounded in what is going on at the state and local level on a range of justice policy issues.
- JRSA and the SACs have an in-depth understanding of criminal and juvenile justice system data sources at the state and local levels and how they can be used to support data-driven decision making in criminal and juvenile justice.
- JRSA and the SACs have a unique ability to identify and quickly respond to emerging issues at the state and local levels, long before the issues gain widespread visibility at the national level.
- While some national organizations tackle a single issue among a few states, JRSA works with the full national network of SACs on such diverse issues as criminal history record research, correctional forecasting, recidivism research, crime victimization, and disproportionate minority contact.