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2015 NATIONAL FORUM ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE

August 2-5, 2015 - Atlanta,Georgia

The 2015 National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research, and technologies to help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and the IJIS Institute, the National Forum on Criminal Justice is the only national conference that brings leaders from criminal justice agencies together with top criminal justice researchers, as well as technologists from companies that specialize in providing solutions to justice agencies. Workshop sessions will feature speakers from each discipline to showcase innovative programs and highlight how research and technology help drive good policy.

This year's program is tailored to the theme, "Integrating Research, Policy and Technology to Improve Safety." Data-driven decision making is crucial to preventing and reducing crime in our communities. Only through collaboration can decision makers have access to research and technology needed to drive good policy. Because investments in public safety by state, tribal and local justice agencies are increasingly focused on employing evidence-based practices and programs, it is paramount to know what is needed, what works, and why.

As in previous years, JRSA members will participate in a variety of conference breakout sessions and JRSA will host one preconference and three postconference seminars for Forum attendees. Additionally, JRSA will host a Member Meeting to roll out our new strategic plan.

NCJA is handling the registration process for the National Forum on Criminal Justice. If you plan to attend the National Forum, you can add any of the following JRSA preconference and postconference seminars when you register for the National Forum.

If you do not plan to attend the National Forum, you may still register for a JRSA pre or postconference seminar directly with JRSA. If you do not have an account with JRSA, you must first create an account by using the New Vistor Link.

Information regarding JRSA's preconference and postconference seminars can be found below. If you need assistance registering or have questions pertaing to the National Forum or JRSA's seminars, please contact Karen Maline or Jason Trask at (202) 842-9330. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.


JRSA Preconference Seminar

Sunday, August 2nd

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Turning Administrative Records into Research Data

About this Session:

State administrative or agency records contain a wealth of data that has the potential to inform research and practice. Yet researchers face a number of challenges in gaining access to administrative data and transforming it into a form that is useful for research. This workshop will provide practical information and guidance needed to address a number of key issues, including: who to talk to and what to ask for; methods and software for extracting and importing data; options for linking records from different databases; and the analytical potential to inform policy and procedure. Real-world examples from the instructors' extensive experience in working with administrative records in Georgia and other states will be provided.

Instructors:

Tammy Meredith, President
Applied Research Services
Atlanta, Georgia

Stefanie Lopez-Howard, Director
Statistical Analysis Center
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Atlanta, Georgia

Register to Attend:

This seminar is open to the public. The cost to attend is $150 for JRSA Members and $195 for Non-members.

Register online.

Register by mail or fax.




JRSA Postconference Seminars

Wednesday, August 5th

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

JRSA Member Meeting: 2015 Strategic Plan Roll-Out

About this Session:

The JRSA Executive Committee and staff, with input from members and other stakeholders, have formulated the first strategic plan for the Association in over a decade. This meeting will mark the formal roll-out of the plan and highlight the vision, mission and values of the new JRSA! All are invited to attend and discuss the next steps in implementing the plan.

Register to Attend:

This seminar is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

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1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION I: Introduction to Mapping for Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

About this Session:

This workshop will introduce the concept of crime mapping, and demonstrate the relationship between mapping and policy analysis for criminal justice and victim services issues. Participants will learn the basics of geocoding data, using ArcGIS 10 software, creating chloropleth maps, and using maps to enhance descriptive policy analysis.

About the Instructor:

Stefanie Lopez-Howard, Director
Statistical Analysis Center
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Atlanta, Georgia

Register to Attend:

This seminar is open to the public. The cost to attend is $150 for JRSA Members and $195 for Non-members.

Register online.

Register by mail or fax.




1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION II: Implementation Science 101: Why Good Programs Fail and What You Can Do to Facilitate Success

About this Session:

Although crime control policy and program development processes are increasingly being informed by scientific evidence, identifying and adopting what works is only part of what’s needed to realize positive outcomes. Evidence-based programs and practices still have to be implemented with fidelity and integrity in order to be successful. Unfortunately, implementation is not an easy task, as perfectly ordinary circumstances present serious obstacles to sound implementation in real world settings. Implementation science, however, can help practitioners and researchers tackle implementation challenges so that the promise of evidence-based practice can be more fully realized. This workshop will introduce participants to the conceptual underpinnings and practical applications of this emerging body of knowledge, highlighting the implementation challenges associated with different approaches to evidence-based practice, drivers of sound implementation identified through research, and strategies for measuring implementation fidelity that can be applied across a range of program settings.

About the Instructor:

Roger Przybylski, Consultant and Founder
RKC Group
Colorado

Register to Attend:

This seminar is open to the public. The cost to attend is $150 for JRSA Members and $195 for Non-members.

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1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION III: Ensuring the Fidelity of Offender Risk Assessment in Large-Scale Correctional Settings: The Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision Initiative (QA-TIPS)

About this Session:

Several decades of research support key principles of effective correctional intervention, including the proper assessment and application of risk and needs instruments. However, demonstrating that offender assessments can be consistently implemented with fidelity in large-scale correctional settings remains a significant challenge. This requires the development of new staff skills, (re)certification and quality assurance policies, performance metrics, and the establishment of a system for providing coaching and feedback for assessors in the field. This seminar will describe quality control procedures developed as part of a statewide implementation of the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). Based on a peer-to-peer and supervisory oversight approach, the Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision initiative, or QA-TIPS, offers a method for assessing levels of inter-rater reliability, the appropriateness of case plans, and staff use of relationship skills and motivational interviewing techniques. Electronic methods for the collection, analysis, and reporting of performance data will be described.

About the Instructors:

Stephen Haas, Director
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence-Based Practice, Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center
Charleston, West Virginia

Leighann J. Davidson, Research Analyst,
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence-Based Practice, Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center
Charleston, West Virginia

Register to Attend:

This seminar is open to the public. The cost to attend is $150 for JRSA Members and $195 for Non-members.

Register online.

Register by mail or fax.




BJS/JRSA NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION ARCHIVE

The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Justice Research and Statistics Association sponsored national conferences for more than 25 years in order to bring together the state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs), justice practitioners from other government agencies, and researchers to discuss current justice topics and promote the use of justice statistics and research in policy development. The Presentation Archive contains copies of presentations from 2001-2010.

Presentation Archive

Annual JRSA and BJS Awards




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