JRSA 2015-2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. It is made up of a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, two elected delegates, a non-voting appointed delegate, and the immediate past president. In November 2015 JRSA revised it's Bylaws. All Executive Committees elected after 2015 will have three elected delegates with full voting rights.
Lisa Shoaf, is the Director of the Ohio Statistical Analysis Center. Her primary responsibilities as SAC Director are to facilitate access to criminal justice statistics and generate statistical reports and publications. Dr. Shoaf has collaborated with multiple state and federal agencies on information sharing projects such as the National Violent Death Reporting System, the Death in Custody Reporting Program, and the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team. More recently, she and her colleagues have been involved in a multi-city effort to implement a crime reduction initiative based on the Boston Ceasefire strategy. Dr. Shoaf has also been heavily involved in the development of the Ohio Consortium of Crime Science, an association of researchers from across Ohio who work to provide evidence-based solutions to the real-world problems faced by local criminal justice agencies.
George Shaler is the Senior Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, which is located in Portland. In addition, he is the Director of the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), which is housed at the Muskie School. His primary research and evaluation interests are justice and public health issues and how these topics are intertwined. He provides program evaluation and consultation services to state and local government agencies as well as community-based organizations, and offers technical assistance in evaluation capacity building (using a logic model approach) to many Maine non-profits. Mr. Shaler has extensive experience in the application of statistical methods and techniques, and has been on the SAC staff since 2003. He has examined county jail trends, disproportionate minority contact, prison/jail health care issues, and juvenile and adult recidivism analysis, and conducted a community policing program evaluation. Mr. Shaler has co-authored and/or edited numerous SAC reports, including the recent Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System, a winner of the 2015 Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award in the Statistical Analysis/Management category.
Angie Baker is the Research Director at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and has served as Director of the Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center since 2010. She has collaborated on multiple state and federally funded research projects and program evaluations. In 2010, she worked on the first research project in the state that analyzed data from Oklahoma's State Incident-Based Reporting System. The Oklahoma SAC is responsible for publishing the annual Crime in Oklahoma report and for conducting the Oklahoma Crime Victimization Survey every three years. The SAC also provides program evaluation and crime analysis services to local and state law enforcement agencies. Ms. Baker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and will graduate this spring with a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to her career in criminal justice, Ms. Baker worked eleven years in the mental health field.
Kristine Denman is the Director of the New Mexico SAC, where she has been a senior staff member for a number of years. She has a master's degree in Sociology/Criminology and over twenty years of research and evaluation experience. The NM SAC is housed at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of New Mexico. ISR consists of several centers besides the SAC, including the New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC), which engages in joint projects with the SAC. The SAC provides evaluation services for various local, state, and federal agency partners, and conducts applied research. Recent projects include evaluations of Project Safe Neighborhoods as well as a variety of programs designed to improve the outcomes of criminal justice-involved populations. Recent research topics examined by the SAC include prisoner reentry, prison programming, and pretrial case processing. The NM SAC was honored to receive the 2015 Douglas Yearwood Publication Award for Excellence in Research/Policy Analysis for its report, Prison Program Utilization and Recidivism among Female Inmates in New Mexico.
Jim McDonough is the Director of the Virginia SAC, which is located in the Criminal Justice Research Center of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The SAC collects, analyzes, and reports crime and criminal justice data; conducts public safety survey research; forecasts jail inmate populations; and conducts criminal justice program evaluations. It also provides research and data to Virginia government's executive, legislative and courts branches. Recent SAC projects include survey research on school and college campus crime, efforts to improve school/campus safety, and school/campus threat assessment teams; research on crimes involving firearms; and research on prescription drug abuse. Dr. McDonough has been with the SAC/Research Center since 1991. In 1996 he became Director of the Research Center, and in January 2000 became SAC Director. Dr. McDonough received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and periodically serves as adjunct faculty at the University.
Richard Rosenfeld is the Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. His research focuses on crime trends and criminal justice policy. He has authored or co-authored eight books; numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a Fellow and former President of the American Society of Criminology. He has chaired the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Understanding Crime Trends and currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
JRSA’s Immediate Past President, Stephen Haas, just joined the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) as Chief of the Community Services Division, after spending 12 years as the Director of the West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center. During his time as SAC Director, Dr. Haas served as Principal Investigator and Project Director on several state and federally funded research and evaluation projects and published numerous research reports and academic papers on various topics in the field of criminology and criminal justice education. His recent work centered on: the use of core correctional practices in offender reentry; the deterrent capacity of media awareness campaigns designed to reduce gun crime, gun availability, and violent crime; the accuracy of crime statistics; racial profiling; and the use of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) in effective reentry case planning. Dr. Haas received the prestigious G. Paul Sylvestre Award from the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2008 and is a multi-year recipient of JRSA’s Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award. He is a nationally recognized consultant and Master Trainer on the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). As Chief of the Community Services Division at NIC, Dr. Haas will coordinate technical assistance, specialized training, and other programs related to probation, parole, and other forms of community-based corrections. He holds a B.A. in psychology and political science from The Ohio State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.
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