June 2014  Vol. 32, No. 2

Contents

FEATURE ARTICLES

Assessing Attitudes Towards Defendants with Mental Illness

Evaluation of Utah's Employment Placement Projec: Cross-Agency Collaborations and New Data

NATIONAL SCENE

Search and Navigation Improvements Made to BJS Website

Bureau of Justice Statistics Receives Policy Impact Award

BJS to Implement 2014 Census of Adult Probation Supervising Agencies

NCJA Announces New Webinar Series

JRSA NEWS

JRSA Hosts Training and Technical Assistance Webinars

Toolkit Series Supports Use of Evidence-Based Practices by SAAs

JRSA Staff Assist DC Grantees with Evaluation Capacity

SAC NEWS

Michigan

Ed McGarrell Is New Director of the Michigan SAC

Idaho

Idaho SAC Reports on State Crime Victimization Survey

Illinois

Evaluation of the 2013 Community Violence Prevention Program

Evaluation of Chicago Police Department's Crisis Intervention Teams

Evaluation of St. Leonard's Ministries: A Prisoner Reentry Program

Iowa

Iowa SAC Director Paul Stageberg to Retire in June

Effects of Earned Time for Iowa Inmates Charged with Robbery

Kansas

Kansas Sentencing Commission Authorized to Make Statewide Supervision and Placement Cutoff Decisions Based Upon the Risk and Needs of the Offender

Main

2014 Crime and Justice Data Book Reports Decline in Maine Index Crime

Mississippi

SAC to Release the Result of a Project Studying Attitudes Toward Defendants with Mental Illness

Vermont

Crime Analysis Using Vermont NIBRS Data: A Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Universities

West Virginia

Conducting two community corrections research studies

Evaluating the Impact of the Drug Market Intervention

SAC continues to assess LS/CMI implementation



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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor

JRSA OFFICERS AND STAFF:

Stephen Haas, President
Janeena J. Wing, Vice President
Lisa Shoaf, Secretary/ Treasurer
Danette Buskovick, Delegate
Mark Myrent Delegate
Roger Przybylski, Appointed Delegate
Phillip Stevenson, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Shawn Flower, Research Associate
Karen F. Maline, Director of Member Services
Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
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BJS to Implement 2014 Census of Adult Probation Supervising Agencies

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is working with Westat and the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) to implement the 2014 Census of Adult Probation Supervising Agencies (CAPSA). Westat will collect data for this census. CAPSA will be the first census of its kind in more than 20 years and will provide current information on the structure and nature of adult probation in the United States. CAPSA will gather information on agency functions, populations served, agency policies and practices (e.g., methods of supervision, risk and needs assessment, firearms policies and arrest powers of officers), supervision authority (e.g., to impose conditions, to grant early positive discharge, and to impose a period of incarceration), funding sources, and branch and level of government (if a public agency). Policymakers, practitioners, and community corrections agencies at all levels of government will be able to use the information collected to assist in policy development and criminal justice planning.

In advance of data collection, BJS, Westat, and APPA will develop a preliminary roster of entities that may meet CAPSA eligibility criteria. When CAPSA is fielded, all entities on the roster will be screened to determine their eligibility status. The primary mode of screening and data collection will be a web survey for public agencies and a paper survey for private companies.

In 2013, BJS completed a pilot test of CAPSA to determine the capabilities and functionality of the survey questionnaires and to assess the level of respondent burden associated with the request. About 60 entities across 40 states were asked to participate in the pilot test. The national CAPSA will begin in the summer of 2014. The first report presenting CAPSA findings is scheduled for release in 2015. The initial report will provide an overview of public and private adult probation supervising agencies in the United States and describe how its structure and functions vary across jurisdictions. For more information, visit http://www.bjs.gov/content/capsa.cfm.