JRSA Forum, March 2013, Volume 31, Number 1
March 2013  Vol. 31, No. 1



Connect South Dakota: A Justice Information Sharing Success Story


NCJA, BJA, and JRSA Hold Joint Meeting on Evidence-Based Practices

New Corrections Chief Comes Onboard at BJS

President Announces Intent to Fill OJP Positions

President Signs Violence Against Women Act

Research, Policy, Practice - and Theory: The Role and Significance of Theoretical Thinking in the Formulation
of Contemporary Drug Policy


JRSA Holds First in a Series of Webinars on Use of Administrative Records

JRSA Website Features SAC Spotlight


Arizona SAC Director Takes on New Roles with SEARCH and Global

Arizona Youth Survey Reveals Levels of Violence and Drug Use Among Youth

FDLE's Commissioner's Award Goes to Cindy Durrett

MNSAC Releases Publications on DMC and Sexually Exploited Youth

Oregon SAC Conducts Evaluations on Earned Time Laws and on Effectiveness of Reentry Centers

Vermont SAC Completes Evaluations of Three County Programs

West Virginia SAC Updates Prison Population Forecast and Announces Changes to Research Staff

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


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

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Ali Burnett, Office Manager
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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Arizona Youth Survey Reveals Levels of Violence and Drug Use Among Youth

The Arizona SAC, the research arm of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, took part in the recent effort to conduct and compile results from the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey. The survey sample included more than 60,000 students from 349 schools across Arizona's 15 counties. The purpose of the survey is to assess health risk behavior and measure the prevalence of substance abuse behavior—including use of alcohol, tobacco, and other dangerous drugs—among Arizona 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. The survey also includes questions concerning other risky behavior such as bullying, violence, and gambling.

Survey results show that Arizona students continue to experience and/or participate in frequent incidences of violence, bullying, and cyber-bullying. In addition, more than one third of Arizona youth reported engaging in some type of substance use in the previous 30 days.

Findings are presented by county (along with comparisons to the results for the state) and for the state as a whole. A separate report, the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey State of Arizona Summary Report, presents a summary of findings from the 2012 survey, along with comparisons of the findings to past years' results.