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

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
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

Evaluation of the 2013 Community Violence Prevention Program

The Illinois Statistical Analysis Center conducted an evaluation of the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) to determine whether it is meeting its goals and objectives. The program has three components: the Youth Employment Program, the Parent Program, and the Reentry Program. The evaluation is designed to guide programmatic enhancements and funding decisions.

The Youth Employment Program offered job readiness training, mentoring, and summer employment to approximately 1,800 youth participants in 24 Chicago-area communities. Researchers used multiple surveys of program staff and participants in order to obtain feedback on trainings for participants, the employment component, mentoring component, and general program operations. They used administrative data and developed seven surveys, including two training evaluation surveys, one pre- and post-test, and four exit surveys.

The Parent Program employed and prepared over 1,000 parent leaders to conduct parent-driven community service projects in 24 Chicago and South Suburban neighborhoods. Researchers used administrative data and multiple surveys of program staff and participants in order to obtain feedback on training for participants and general program operations. They developed four surveys including a training evaluation survey, a pre- and post-survey, and two exit surveys.

The Reentry Program served formerly incarcerated youth returning to 12 Chicago communities by providing or linking them to services. Researchers conducted interviews with Reentry Case Managers to learn more about the program's operations.

The three reports for the 2013 CVPP evaluation will be available soon on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) website. An evaluation of the second year of the program, 2014, is currently in progress.