June 2014  Vol. 32, No. 2



Assessing Attitudes Towards Defendants with Mental Illness

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


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 Hosts Training and Technical Assistance Webinars

Toolkit Series Supports Use of Evidence-Based Practices by SAAs

JRSA Staff Assist DC Grantees with Evaluation Capacity



Ed McGarrell Is New Director of the Michigan SAC


Idaho SAC Reports on State Crime Victimization Survey


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 SAC Director Paul Stageberg to Retire in June

Effects of Earned Time for Iowa Inmates Charged with Robbery


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


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


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


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


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

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Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

Idaho Reports on State Crime Victimization Survey

In April, the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center released the report Idaho Crime Victimization Survey: 2012. The report provides estimates of property crime, violent crime, identity theft, stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence occurring in Idaho in calendar year 2012. Participants were also questioned regarding lifetime experiences with stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, their perceptions of neighborhood safety, and satisfaction with police services. The survey was conducted between April and June 2013 by the University of Idaho, Social Science Research Unit. Survey participants were randomly selected from either a landline or a cell-phone sampling frame. The 1,517 Idaho participants included 1,152 landline and 383 cell-phone households. Reaching out to cell-phone participants created a more representative sample overall, as an increasing number of households are wireless only, and wireless-only versus landline households have drastic demographic differences. Wireless-only households are more likely to be younger (1-29), more likely to be male, and more highly educated than landline households (Blumberg & Luke, 2007).1

Findings from the survey suggest a much greater number of crimes occur than are reported to law enforcement in Idaho. For example, although an estimated 112.0 per 1,000 adults in Idaho were victims of violent crime in 2012, reported violent crime incidents affected 11.4 per 1,000 adults. Most crime rates were down from the 2008 Idaho Crime Victimization Survey, except for rates of aggravated assault, identity theft, theft from inside a building, and vandalism. Aggravated assault was also more likely than other crimes to be reported. Only 11.0% of Idahoans felt crime was "almost always" or "always" a problem in their community, and over 90% felt safe in their community and rarely felt fear of crime prevented them from doing things they would like to do.

1Blumberg, S.J., & Luke, J.V., Ganesh, N., Davern, M.E., Boudreaux, M. H. (2012). Wireless substitution: State-level estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2010-2011 (National Health Statistics Reports, No. 61). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.