JRSA's members elected officers to serve on the JRSA Executive Committee for 2016-2017. The election was facilitated by the use of mail-in ballots and the results were announced at the JRSA annual business meeting held in conjunction with the National Forum on Criminal Justice in Philadelphia, PA on August 10, 2016. The officers are: Lisa Shoaf, Ph.D. (OH), President; George Shaler (ME), Vice President; Danette Buskovick, Secretary/Treasurer; Matthew Bileski (AZ), Jim McDonough, Ph.D. (VA), and Roger Przybylski Delegates; and Stephen Haas, Ph.D. (WV), Past President.
This election was the first carried in accordance with JRSA's revised bylaws and election procedures, which were amended during the October 5, 2015 meeting. The new bylaws permit any JRSA member in good standing to run for elected office. Additionally, these changes eliminate the Appointed Delegate. Beginning in 2016, all three delegates are to be elected.
Lisa Shoaf was reelected as JRSA's President. She is the Director of the Ohio Statistical Analysis Center. Her primary responsibilities as SAC Director are to facilitate access to criminal justice statistics and generate statistical reports and publications. Dr. Shoaf has collaborated with multiple state and federal agencies on information sharing projects such as the National Violent Death Reporting System, the Death in Custody Reporting Program, and the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team. More recently, she and her colleagues have been involved in a multi-city effort to implement a crime reduction initiative based on the Boston Ceasefire strategy. Dr. Shoaf has also been heavily involved in the development of the Ohio Consortium of Crime Science, an association of researchers from across Ohio who work to provide evidence-based solutions to the real-world problems faced by local criminal justice agencies.
George Shaler was reelected as JRSA's Vice President. He is the Senior Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, which is located in Portland. In addition, he is the Director of the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), which is housed at the Muskie School. His primary research and evaluation interests are justice and public health issues and how these topics are intertwined. He provides program evaluation and consultation services to state and local government agencies as well as community-based organizations, and offers technical assistance in evaluation capacity building (using a logic model approach) to many Maine non-profits. Mr. Shaler has extensive experience in the application of statistical methods and techniques, and has been on the SAC staff since 2003. He has examined county jail trends, disproportionate minority contact, prison/jail health care issues, and juvenile and adult recidivism analysis, and conducted a community policing program evaluation. Mr. Shaler has co-authored and/or edited numerous SAC reports, including the recent Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System, a winner of the 2015 Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award in the Statistical Analysis/Management category.
Danette Buskovick is the first non-SAC Director officer of to serve on the JRSA Executive Committee. She is the Manager of the Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE) unit at the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR), the largest community corrections agency in Minnesota. PPE supports the mission of DOCCR by providing evaluation, planning, research, data reporting, facilitation, continuous improvement management and other technical services. PPE staff work on projects that promote evidence based practices within the county. These projects include recidivism, caseload analysis, and validation studies of assessment tools like the YLS/CMI and LSCMI. Policy, Planning and Evaluation collaborates with other components of Hennepin County public safety to provide data for decision making, including the Adult Detention Initiative designed to ensure only those who are public safety risk are detained. The team also provides program evaluation for cognitive behavioral and other evidence-based initiatives. Before working for DOCCR, Danette served as the Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center director for 10 years. In this role she was involved in many aspects of policy and evaluation, particularly the study of human trafficking and other types of crime victimization.
Matthew Bileski is a Senior Research Analyst at the Statistical Analysis Center of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and he is the first SAC staff member to be elected as a delegate. Mr. Bileski works with the state criminal history records and other criminal justice-related data sources to examine trends in the criminal justice system and to assess records quality. He provides technical support in performance measurement to the various programs at the Commission. Mr. Bileski also manages the data collection and web development of Arizona’s Community Data Project, a web-based data dissemination tool for prevention, public health and criminal justice-related information. Mr. Bileski serves as a member of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Task Force in Arizona and provides research assistance to the Task Force for policy decisions. He is also an active member of the Arizona Injury Prevention Advisory Council. Mr. Bileski received his M.A. in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Jim McDonough is the Director of the Virginia SAC was reelected to serve as a delegate. The Virginia SAC is located in the Criminal Justice Research Center of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The SAC collects, analyzes, and reports crime and criminal justice data; conducts public safety survey research; forecasts jail inmate populations; and conducts criminal justice program evaluations. It also provides research and data to Virginia government's executive, legislative and courts branches. Recent SAC projects include survey research on school and college campus crime, efforts to improve school/campus safety, and school/campus threat assessment teams; research on crimes involving firearms; and research on prescription drug abuse. Dr. McDonough has been with the SAC/Research Center since 1991. In 1996 he became Director of the Research Center, and in January 2000 became SAC Director. Dr. McDonough received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and periodically serves as adjunct faculty at the University.
Roger Przybylski has the distinction of being the first non-SAC member to be elected as a delegate. He is an applied research and evaluation consultant with 30 years of experience working directly with criminal and juvenile justice system policy makers and practitioners. He has delivered consulting services in 43 states and the District of Columbia and is an expert in communicating scientific concepts and research findings to policy makers and practitioners for real-world application. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) and a current member of the JRSA Executive Committee. He chairs the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group and is a member of the Colorado Implementation Collaborative, a researcher-practitioner partnership dedicated to the use of implementation science in evidence-based initiatives. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University-Chicago, and has served on the editorial boards of Justice Research and Policy and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Mr. Przybylski also has served as staff to the Illinois Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Governor's Commission on Gangs in Illinois, and the Illinois Task Force on Crime and Corrections. In 2008, Mr. Przybylski authored the publication What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs, and he served as guest editor for a 2012 special issue of the Justice Research and Policy Journal focused on evidence-based policy and practice. His other publications include: Stranger Murders and Assaults, A Study of a Neglected Form of Stranger Violence; Street Gangs and Crime, A Special Report to the Governor's Commission on Gangs in Illinois; Assessing the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Programs; Correctional and Sentencing Reform for Drug Offenders, Research Findings on Selected Key Issues; and Richard P. Kern's Vision and Advocacy for Data-Driven Decision Making in the Criminal Justice System, the Foundation for Building an Interface Between Social Science and the Law.
Stephen Haas is JRSA's Immediate Past President. He is the president of Mountain State Criminal Justice Research Services. Prior to this he spent 12 years as the Director of the West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center. During his time as SAC Director, Dr. Haas served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on several state and federally funded research and evaluation projects and published numerous research reports and academic papers on various topics in the field of criminology and criminal justice education. His recent work centered on: the use of core correctional practices in offender reentry; the deterrent capacity of media awareness campaigns designed to reduce gun crime, gun availability, and violent crime; the accuracy of crime statistics; racial profiling; and the use of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) in effective reentry case planning. Dr. Haas received the prestigious G. Paul Sylvestre Award from the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2008 and is a multi-year recipient of JRSA's Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award. He is a nationally recognized consultant and Master Trainer on the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). As Chief of the Community Services Division at NIC, Dr. Haas will coordinate technical assistance, specialized training, and other programs related to probation, parole, and other forms of community-based corrections. He holds a B.A. in psychology and political science from The Ohio State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.