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The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014 - Statistical Tables.

This report details the rates of nonfatal violent victimization against persons with and without disabilities, describes the types of disabilities, and compares victim characteristics. Nonfatal violent crimes include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. The findings are based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). here.

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JRSA Releases the Results from a Technical Assistance Needs Assessment

This report details the results of a SAC needs assessment survey conducted by JRSA's Training and Capacity Building (TACB) committee. The foundation for this survey was a document produced by Stan Orchowsky and Jeff Sedgwick outlining the components of SAC Capacity across four areas - relationships, core statistical and data analytic capacities, communication and dissemination, and ethical conduct here.

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Recent Criminal Justice Job Openings

The Justice Research and Statistics Association has an immediate opening for a Project Manager in our Washington, DC office. Full postings

The Justice Research and Statistics Association has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst or Research Associate in our Washington, DC office. Full postings

The West Virginia SAC is seeking a Research Specialist I. Full posting

The Milwaukee Police Department is seeking a Crime Analyst works within the Office of Management Analysis and Planning. Full posting

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released Jails in Indian Country, 2015.

This report describes jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It presents trends in Indian country jails, including inmate characteristics and offense type; midyear, peak, and average daily population; and admissions and expected average length of stay at admission. It also provides data on rated capacity, facility crowding, jail staffing, and deaths in custody. Findings were based on BJS's 2015 Survey of Jails in Indian Country. The report can be found here.

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JRSA Welcomes a New Research Analyst

In October of 2016 JRSA welcomed Bailey Maryfield to our staff. She will be working on the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics Methamphetamine Project. Prior to working at JRSA, Bailey worked as a research associate for the Indiana Statistical Analysis Center located in the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Her full bio can be found here.

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FBI to collect National Use of Force Data

Beginning in January 2017, the FBI will be collecting data on use of force by law enforcement agencies. The collection and reporting of use-of-force data will include any use of force that results in the death or serious bodily injury of a person, as well as when a law enforcement officer discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a person. The FBI is developing a repository for use-of-force information and will periodically release statistics to the public. More information can be found here.

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Attention SACs: Time is Running Out to Apply for the 2016 Mutual Assistance Program!

JRSA established the Mutual Assistance Program (MAP) in order to take advantage of the SAC network and to facilitate the connection between SACs who are in need of specialized training or skills and those SACs who have knowledge and experience in these areas. MAP is a tool intended to encourage communication among SACs and for SACs to provide assistance to each other.

Could your SAC staff benefit from additional training in a particular area of research methodology, data management or analysis?

If yes, please email Erin Farley at efarley@jrsa.org to submit your request. Technical assistance requests should include a description of the assistance needed and timeframe or deadlines (be as specific as possible). Peer review requests should include a copy of or link to the publication and a description.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the results of the 2015 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).

The NCVS collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. The 2015 results show that the violent crime rate was down slightly, but not significantly, from 2014 (20.1 to 18.6 victimizations per 1,000 individuals). Property crime rates decreased from 118.1 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2014 to 110.7 per 1,000 in 2015. The report, Criminal Victimization 2015, can be found here.

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Arnold Foundation issued RFP for low-cost randomized controlled trials

A new Request for Proposals (RFP) for low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs) designed to build important evidence about “what works” in U.S. social spending. This RFP reflects a significant expansion of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's investment in low-cost RCTs over the past year. The RFP is available here.

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The FBI has released the 2015 Uniform Crime Report (UCR)

After two years of decline, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased 3.9 percent in 2015 when compared with 2014 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes dropped 2.6 percent, marking the 13th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined. The full press release is available here.

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Upcoming JRSA Training and Technical Assistance Webinars

Join us! Registration is open for several upcoming webinars.

  • November 30th - Police Community Dialogue. Register
  • December 8th - Multiple Linear Regression. Register
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2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice Presentation Now Available

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Below, you will find a link to session descriptions, speaker bios, slideshow presentations, and handouts from the workshops, and general sessions at this year's conference. Read More

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New Executive Committee Elected to Lead JRSA in 2016-2017

The state Statistical Analysis Center directors elected officers to serve on the JRSA Executive Committee for 2015-2016. The election results were announced at the JRSA annual business meeting. Read More

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SACs in Oregon and West Virginia Win 2016 Yearwood Awards

The Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award recognizes outstanding reports that apply empirical analysis to criminal justice policy and practice. The award is given in two categories: Statistical/Management, and Research/Policy Analysis, with separate awards going to small SACs (less than five staff) and large SACs in each category. Read More

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Using a Multistate Perspective to Examine Recidivism Outcomes

Historically, collecting and processing multistate criminal history records into a common coding structure suitable for statistical analysis has been time consuming and labor intensive. This article describes BJS's efforts to automate and standardize the criminal history data collection process and the use of larger samples of criminal history records to study recidivism patterns in greater depth. Read More

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Nlets - The International Justice and Public Safety Network

This article provides general background information about Nlets and specific information about their Targeted Interstate Photo Sharing (TIPS) initiative and their Criminal History Information Exchange Format (CHIEF) project. Read More

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