JRSA Forum, June 2013, Volume 31, Number 2
June 2013  Vol. 31, No. 2



National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X): Building on NIBRS for More Accurate National Crime Estimates

International Association of Crime Analysts: Who We Are and What We Do

Karol Mason Confirmed to Head OJP


JRSA Webinar Explores SAC Use of Administrative Records

JRSA Staff Deliver Webinar on Adapting Evidence-Based Practices

JRSA Online Resources


Kansas SAC Continues Data Collection and Analysis Efforts

Massachusetts Convenes Researchers Group and Also Partners with Pew on Results First

Vermont's Morris Chosen as Academic Fellow to Study Terrorism Defense

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


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Stephen Haas, Vice President
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David Olson, Appointed Delegate
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Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

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Massachusetts Convenes Researchers Group and Also Partners with Pew on Results First

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Researchers Group

In December 2012, the Massachusetts SAC reconvened the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Researchers Group (MCJARG), a collaborative research network of criminal justice practitioners. The group included representatives from executive and judicial state and local agencies, such as parole, probation, state and county corrections, sentencing commission, youth services, and state and local police. The group's mission is to: formalize a collaborative research network with various state, county, and local agency criminal justice practitioners that provides a forum where professionals interested in issues relating to data collection and reporting, research, and program evaluation can share information, foster research collaborations, and learn from others. In the December meeting, group goals were identified: expand outreach; survey members to identify priorities, topic/issues of interest, and training interests/needs; create a training plan; develop strategies to increase research capacity and conduct program evaluations; provide a bridge to the work of other Massachusetts-based researchers, groups and associations; and explore website development.

Partnering with Pew Center for the States to Implement the Results First Cost-Benefit Model

The Massachusetts SAC is working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and the PEW Center for the States' Results First project team to implement a cost-benefit model for criminal justice programs and sentencing policy developed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). Utilizing the model, Massachusetts' goal is to assess the impact of a portfolio of programs and policies on criminal justice outcomes. A research team is well underway with collecting the recidivism and agency resource use data needed for model inputs.