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

Contents

NATIONAL SCENE

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

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

JRSA NEWS

JRSA Hosts Track of Sessions at National Forum

JRSA and NCJA Announce Formal Affiliation

SAC NEWS

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

JRSA OFFICERS AND STAFF:

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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NY SAC Provides Data Support to Youth Justice Teams

The New York SAC is supporting an important new juvenile justice initiative in the state. As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's ongoing efforts to improve the juvenile justice system, eight Region-al Youth Justice Teams were established around the state (see www.nysjjag.org). The Regional Youth Justice Teams bring together key partners to improve outcomes and reduce the number of youth who become involved in the system. Representatives from family courts, county attorneys' offices, probation departments, school districts, law enforcement, service providers, and local government comprise the teams. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Office of the Governor's Deputy Secretary for Public Safety are coordinating the teams.

The teams will identify promising local practices and develop strategies to address a variety of issues, including: decreasing the number of children and youth referred to court; addressing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system; improving access to services; creating partnerships among the courts, local communities, and state agencies in the development of community-based interventions; and responding to federal, state, and private grant opportunities. The teams will use data compiled by the New York State SAC to inform their work.

The SAC prepared data packets for each Regional Youth Justice Team with county-specific trend data on multiple juvenile justice processing points, as well as graphics with more detailed information for each county for 2012 (see http://www.nysjjag.org/our-work/juvenile-justice-data.html). SAC staff are giving presentations at each of the Regional Youth Justice Team kickoff meetings across the state on data elements included in the packets and about how these data can be explored and interpreted. A research analyst will also act as a liaison to each team, answering questions about the data and providing additional information as needed.