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
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate


























































Research-Driven Planning and Evaluating the Impact of the Drug Market Intervention in Charleston

The West Virginia SAC partnered with the Charleston, WV Police Department (CPD) to provide research and data analysis to support CPD's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) project (funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance [BJA]). Over the past six months, the CPD, WV SAC, and several community partners have identified strategies to enhance the DMI project, with an emphasis on community revitalization. During the planning phase, CPD worked closely with the researchers at the WV SAC and met monthly with community partners to develop a strategic plan. A community survey was developed, distributed, and analyzed to assist with informed decision making for selecting strategies. The partnership also allowed for data sharing and the use of address-level crime data for various statistical purposes, including spatial analysis. The resulting strategic plan was recently approved by BJA and funds have been released to proceed with the two-year implementation phase of the project. The WV SAC will continue to do research to support the DMI project during the implementation phase in addition to conducting a project evaluation.