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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MNSAC Releases Publications on DMC and Sexually Exploited Youth

Dana Swayze and Danette Buskovick of the Minnesota SAC (housed in the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs) recently completed On The Level: Disproportionate Minority Contact in Minnesota's Juvenile Justice System. This report provides detailed information regarding the phenomenon of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in Minnesota's juvenile justice system. Included in the report is a description of how racial disparities are calculated, how disparity data are to be interpreted, and how they inform justice system practices. This report also describes factors known to contribute to racial disparities in the justice system as well as recommended aspects of DMC reduction strategies. In closing, the report summarizes Minnesota's response to evidence of racial disparities in the system and makes suggestions for strengthening the state response to DMC. It is the hope that data such as these will ideally incite communities, practitioners, and policy makers to collect additional information, identify underlying causes of disparity, and dedicate resources to DMC abatement.

The SAC also just published No Wrong Door: A Comprehensive Approach to Providing Safe Harbor for Minnesota's Sexually Exploited Youth. This model is designed to ensure that youth who are being sexually exploited or are at risk for sexual exploitation are properly identified, receive effective services, and are housed safely. Over the past year, the MNSAC led a group of approximately 65 stakeholders to develop this model in response to the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth legislation that was passed in 2011. Several other states have also passed Safe Harbor legislation, but Minnesota is the first state to have such a staged, comprehensive response to sex trafficking.