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  SAC Spotlight: Idaho


Janeena Wing, MA, ISAC Director
Janeena became part of the ISAC in 1997 while evaluating the Building Healthy Relationships program for female inmates for completion of her M.A. in Sociology from Idaho State University. In 2005, Janeena became the ISAC Director. During her tenure with the ISAC, she has contributed to or led many research endeavors, including several Idaho crime victimization surveys, examinations of drug and domestic violence crime trends, evaluations of JAG- and STOP-funded grant projects, studies on police allocation and investigator work flow analyses, and development of police performance measures. Janeena also serves on several committees at the state and national levels to inform on evidence-based practices and data-driven decision making. She currently is the Secretary/Treasurer for the JRSA Executive Board, Chair of the Idaho Substance Abuse Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, and is a member of the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission Research Sub-Committee and several workgroups through the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. Janeena received a Special Achievement Award in 2010 from Bureau of Justice Statistics for "outstanding work in advancing criminal justice statistics in the states." Janeena is working on her dissertation to complete her Doctorate in Psychology, Specializing in Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from the University of the Rockies.

Misty M. Kifer, MA, Sr. Research Analyst
Misty came to the ISAC in 2003 and a year later received a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University (BSU). As an undergraduate and graduate student at BSU, Misty co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and completed her thesis on Police Officers' Ethical Perspectives. In her 10 years at the ISAC, Misty has conducted several program evaluations, written and received grants to work with NIBRS data on juvenile crime and child victims, and helped improve the Idaho Crime Victimization Survey. Her current research focus is on tribal issues. Misty recently published an analysis of American Indian Crime in Idaho and is in the process of developing an Idaho tribal criminal justice needs assessment.

Tyler Kent, MPA, Senior Research Analyst
Tyler Kent was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and holds an MPA degree from Boise State University as well a B.A. in International Business from Washington State University. Tyler comes to the ISAC with a focus on policy issues, including an internship in the United States Senate, as well as experience in the Idaho State Legislature. For the legislature, Tyler provided support for the independent Office of Performance Evaluations by conducting non-partisan program and policy evaluations of state programs/policies. Tyler is currently evaluating a program that provides targeted youth alternatives to the gang lifestyle.

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