JRSA’s IBRRC Posts Reports from Idaho, New Mexico, and Vermont SACs

JRSA Forum. December 2012. Volume 30, Number 4.

With funding from JRSA's Incident-Based Reporting Resource Center (IBRRC), the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center published Violent Crimes Against Children in Idaho as Reported to Law Enforcement: 1998-2011. According to the report, reliable and consistent information on the extent and nature of child victims in Idaho has been unavailable. To help correct this, the Idaho SAC analyzed violent crimes against children that were reported to the police from 1998 to 2011. Data come from police agencies participating in the Idaho State Incident-Based Reporting (IIBR) program, a subset of the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

New Mexico's study, Predictors of Firearm Usage in Violent Crimes: Assessing the Importance of Individual, Situational, and Contextual Factors, examines the degree to which person, incident, and structural characteristics predict firearm usage in violent crimes. A large body of research on firearms has addressed the consequences of firearm usage in crimes and suggests that firearm usage increases crime-related injury severity and mortality. The authors argue that if some of the incident-level characteristics that increase the odds of firearm violence can be identified, criminal justice professionals might be able to craft preventative policies that aim to stop firearm violence before it happens. The study uses incident-level data from Albuquerque to explore the person, incident, and structural predictors of firearm usage in violent crimes.

The Vermont Statistical Analysis Center completed an analysis of domestic vio- lence incidents in the state using a variety of National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data points including victim, offender, and crime circumstance data. The report, An Analysis of Domestic Violence and Arrest Patterns in Vermont Using NIBRS Data, enumerates for the first time domestic violence incidents in Vermont by both county and town. The analysis should be of significant benefit to domestic violence staff in terms of identifying locations where domestic violence education and prevention programs should be focused. NIBRS data from the Vermont Criminal Information Center's Vermont Crime On-Line (VCON) site were used for the analysis, demonstrating the utility of VCON for both policy- and service-related research.