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.
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.
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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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
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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
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
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
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
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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