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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President Signs Violence Against Women Act

The was signed into law by President Obama on March 7 after being passed in the House on March 4. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was originally passed into law in 1994 to enhance the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. The bill, which was passed by the Senate in the last Congress but stalled in the House, included several provisions that became controversial during the run-up to the 2012 elections, including an expansion of services for immigrant victims of sexual violence, clarification on eligibility of services and training to victims regardless of sexual preference, and expansion of the authority of tribal courts over non-tribal defendants in limited circumstances.

The bill reintroduced this year in the Senate also includes the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act, or SAFER Act, which authorizes states and local governments to use a certain portion of their Debbie Smith Act funding to conduct one-year audits of the untested sexual assault evidence in their possession. States or local governments choosing to use their Debbie Smith funding for this purpose will be required to report certain information about their backlog in a manner accessible to the public. The Senate approved the current bill in mid-February.