March 2014  Vol. 32, No. 1

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


Stephen Haas, President
Janeena J. Wing, Vice President
Lisa Shoaf, Secretary/ Treasurer
Danette Buskovick, Delegate
Mark Myrent Delegate
Roger Przybylski, Appointed Delegate
Phillip Stevenson, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

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

SAC Assesses Needs of Georgia's State-Funded
Accountability Courts

In June 2013, SAC staff in the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) launched a project to survey and interview judges and court coordinators on behalf of the Accountability Court Funding Committee to determine current needs for services and funding in Georgia's state-funded accountability courts. Preliminary data analysis found that courts are operating at 85% capacity-in part due to staff and treatment shortages. Offenders attending accountability courts face significant barriers, which may preclude some eligible participants from receiving the assistance they need. Such barriers include a lack of readily accessible transportation, housing, and employment. A preliminary analysis of the survey results was presented to the committee. The full report is forthcoming.

Supply-Side Drug Enforcement Report

In preparation for the state drug enforcement strategy research project, the SAC contracted with Applied Research Services (ARS) to conduct an analysis of statewide computerized criminal history (CCH) data to test the supply-side theory of drug enforcement. According to this theory, aggressive enforcement against drug dealing and trafficking will raise the street price of drugs to a point where new users will be priced out of the market and only chronic or habitual users will remain. Analysis of CCH data confirmed this theory in part. While the arrest rates for both first-time and chronic offenders have decreased overall, older arrestees are beginning to account for a greater percentage of drug arrestees over time. The full ARS supply-side report can be accessed on CJCC's website.

Case in Point: Atlanta Project Safe Neighborhoods Violent
Repeat Offender List

The SAC contracted again with Applied Research Services (ARS) for work on the Atlanta Project Safe Neighborhoods Violent Repeat Offender (VRO) Task Force. ARS conducted an investigative study of computerized criminal history records and corrections data to determine who were the most violent and chronic offenders operating in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Henry counties in Georgia. The analysis resulted in a list of the 150 most violent and active offenders, who were then targeted for federal prosecution. The 150 offenders on the list had accumulated over 16,000 arrests between them and an average of eight convictions each. A full description of the VRO list methodology and case study are available on CJCC's website.