JRSA Forum, September 2013, Volume 31, Number 3
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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Alaska - AJSAC Reports on Varied Activities

SAC Director Brad Myrstol reports that the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has been busy with numerous activities.

  • The AJSAC is working with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on a retrospective study of juvenile recidivism. Youth offenders who were adjudicated delinquent and placed in a secure DJJ detention facility are the study's focus. Group-based trajectory models will be used to examine recidivism over a 24-month post-release follow-up period.

  • Using funds from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' State Justice Statistics (BJS SJS) program, AJSAC will be starting a new data collection/analysis initiative: the Alaska Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Case Processing Project. This project is a partnership with the state's Department of Public Safety, the State Troopers, the Department of Law, and the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Juvenile Justice. Data from a statewide sample of domestic violence assault, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of a minor cases reported to the Alaska State Troopers over a four-year period (2008-2011) will be coded and analyzed and each case will be followed through the criminal justice system.

  • The AJSAC conducted a pilot study this past spring/summer to explore the potential of implementing BJS's Police-Public Contact Survey in Alaska. The pilot was limited to Anchorage, and used a standard mail survey methodology. The data are being cleaned, compiled, and analyzed, with a final report on the initial methodological and substantive findings planned for this fall. Preliminary results are encouraging, and the SAC hopes to establish an Alaska-specific police-public contact survey within three years to allow Alaska justice practitioners, policy makers, and members of the public to learn and understand more about the frequency and nature of such contacts.

  • The AJSAC launched a new Fact Sheet series this year designed to provide simple, straightforward empir-ical snapshots of Alaska crime/justice issues. These monthly Fact Sheets have been well received by practitioners, policy makers, and state and local media. They are available on the AJSAC's newly redesigned website.

  • Factsheet

  • Brad Myrstol was nominated for the University of Alaska Anchorage's 2013 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity. The SAC is located within the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center (UAAJC). The Chancellor's Awards promote excellence and recognize individuals and groups for their exceptional service to the university community. Barbara Armstrong, Research Associate and editor/writer for the UAAJC Alaska Justice Forum, was nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence. Winners will be announced in late September.

The SAC would also like to let colleagues know that former AJSAC Director Alan McKelvie retired from the University of Alaska Anchorage in June.