JRSA Forum, September 2013, Volume 31, Number 3
September 2013  Vol. 31, No. 3
 

Contents

NATIONAL SCENE

Consent Decrees and Juvenile Corrections in Arizona: What Happens When Oversight Ends

NICS: Challenges to Mental Health Record Sharing and Recent Congressional Activity

JRSA NEWS

JRSA Hosts Track of Sessions at National Forum

JRSA and NCJA Announce Formal Affiliation

SAC NEWS

New SAC Directors Appointed in Maine and New Mexico

AK - AJSAC Reports on Varied Activities

AZ - SAC and State Partners Honored for Work on Prescription Drug Abuse

IL - Offers New Criminal History and Recidivism Tool and Evaluates Adult Redeploy Program

IA - CJJP Collects School Incident Referral Data to Examine Problem Behaviors

MS - MSSAC Studies Court Attitudes Toward Defendants with Mental Illness

NY - SAC Provides Data Support to Youth Justice Teams

OH - New Research Brief Looks at MJTFs, ARDs, and Victim Recantation

SC - SAC Publishes Studies on Linking Criminal Justice Records, Drug Activity, and Domestic and Sexual Violence

WV - SAC Works With Law Enforcement to Study the Impact of Drug Market Intervention in Charleston & Studies Ways to Improve NIBRS Data









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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor

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Phillip Stevenson, President
Stephen Haas, Vice President
Janeena J. Wing, Secretary/ Treasurer
Lisa Shoaf, Delegate
David Olson, Appointed Delegate
Jackie Vandercook, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Sandra Dayton, Director of Finance and Administration
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

 
 
 
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Ohio's New Research Brief Looks at MJTFs, ARDs, and Victim Recantation

The latest OCJS Research Brief was published in August by the Ohio SAC, which is located in the state's Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). This issue reports on three areas of research. Ohio's Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces - 2012 Annual Report documents the activities and accomplishments of 32 task forces during CY 2012. The report focuses on street (i.e., non-pharmaceutical) drug activity, pharmaceutical drug diversion, seizures and forfeitures, and other non-drug task force activities. Ohio's multi- jurisdictional task forces generally consist of representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, and tend to target mid- to upper-level drug trafficking and organized criminal activity for which it would be difficult for any one jurisdiction to build a case.

Ohio Arrest-Related Deaths in 2012 focuses on 40 arrest-related deaths (ARDs) that occurred in Ohio between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Findings are broken down by manner of death, decedent characteristics, inci-dent circumstances, law enforcement agency characteristics, and county.

The study Victim Recantation: New Insights for Practice and Policy used live telephone conversations between domestic violence perpetrators and victims to answer questions about how and why victims arrive at their decision to recant and/or refuse prosecution efforts. The study found a five-stage process involved with victim recantation: 1) accusation, 2) minimization of the abuse and appeal to the victim's sympathy, 3) bonding, 4) solicitation, or an appeal by the perpetrator for the victim to recant, and 5) collusion, in which the victim and perpetrator construct a recantation plan. The study authors call for "recantation frameworks" that recognize both the abuse behavioral tactics used by perpetrators and the interplay of emotions between members of violent couples. They also point to the importance of providing supportive assistance to victims, including having a trusted victim advocate work with victims throughout the criminal justice process to defend them against the perpetrator's sophisticated techniques that may result in a recantation.