JRSA Forum, June 2013, Volume 31, Number 2
September 2013  Vol. 31, No. 3



Consent Decrees and Juvenile Corrections in Arizona: What Happens When Oversight Ends

NICS: Challenges to Mental Health Record Sharing and Recent Congressional Activity


JRSA Hosts Track of Sessions at National Forum

JRSA and NCJA Announce Formal Affiliation


New SAC Directors Appointed in Maine and New Mexico

AK - AJSAC Reports on Varied Activities

AZ - SAC and State Partners Honored for Work on Prescription Drug Abuse

IL - Offers New Criminal History and Recidivism Tool and Evaluates Adult Redeploy Program

IA - CJJP Collects School Incident Referral Data to Examine Problem Behaviors

MS - MSSAC Studies Court Attitudes Toward Defendants with Mental Illness

NY - SAC Provides Data Support to Youth Justice Teams

OH - New Research Brief Looks at MJTFs, ARDs, and Victim Recantation

SC - SAC Publishes Studies on Linking Criminal Justice Records, Drug Activity, and Domestic and Sexual Violence

WV - SAC Works With Law Enforcement to Study the Impact of Drug Market Intervention in Charleston & Studies Ways to Improve NIBRS Data

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


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

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

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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JRSA and NCJA Announce Formal Affiliation

The Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Criminal Justice Association entered into an affiliation in August with the signing of an agreement by the leadership of both associations during the 2013 National Forum on Criminal Justice held in Chicago. Both organizations will retain their names, websites, and logos during an 18-month transition period beginning October 1. JRSA staff will move into the NCJA offices, and JRSA and NCJA will share the cost of administrative services while continuing to maintain separate accounting, membership, and governance structures. During this period, a working group made up of three representatives from JRSA and three representatives from NCJA will examine options for formalizing the relationship between the organizations.

The affiliation agreement was announced by Jack Cutrone, NCJA President, and Phil Stevenson, JRSA President, during the opening ceremony of the National Forum. Mr. Cutrone called the affiliation "an opportunity for increased collaboration" and said he looked forward to the organizations' providing "robust services and assistance" to their members and to the justice community at large. Dr. Stevenson remarked on the benefits of the affiliation as well:

During the 16 years I have worked for Statistical Analysis Centers in Illinois and Arizona, I have seen many examples of effective partnerships between SAAs and SACs. These partnerships, where research and policy meet, hold great promise for enabling the implementation of data-driven decision making and evidence-based practices that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of each state's criminal justice system. And for SACs and SAAs that aren't co-located or haven't yet developed a strong working relationship, this affiliation between the organizations provides new opportunities for sharing information and collaborating on projects.

The National Criminal Justice Association represents state, tribal, and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, including those who work in State Administering Agencies (SAAs). SAAs are entities within state and territorial governments responsible for comprehensive criminal justice planning and policy development. In 66 percent of states, the SAC is co-located with the SAA, and in most states, the SAC and SAA already have an established working relationship.

As increasing emphasis is placed on evidence-based practices and measuring the performance of justice system initiatives, the SACs' work in the collection and analysis of justice data and the SAAs' work in the policy arena at the state and federal levels will support each other and lead to more informed decision and policy making for all.


Phillip Stevenson, Arizona SAC Director and JRSA President (l.), and Jack Cutrone, Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and NCJA President, sign JRSA-NCJA affiliation agreement.