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Use of Administrative Records to Analyze Drug Abuse and Enforcement

May 21, 2015

This webinar will identify administrative record datasets that were used to describe and analyze the drug problem in the state, including: Medical Examiner Drug Overdose Deaths data, National Forensic Laboratory Information System data, the Treatment Episode Dataset, Department of Corrections data, and Georgia Poison Control Center data. Panelists will discuss how the data were obtained, cleaned, organized and analyzed. They also will provide information to others who are interested in using administrative data to examine the nature and extent of the drug problem in their states.

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Presenters:

Stefanie Lopez-Howard, M.P.A.
SAC Director & Planning & Evaluation Program Coordinator
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Samuel Gonzales, M.A.
Analyst
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

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Moderator:

Alan Wedd, M.S.
Social Sciences Research Specialist
Office of Criminal Justice Services
Ohio Department of Public Safety


Utilizing State Criminal History Records for Justice Research Series

Part II: Using Criminal History Records to Conduct Redemption Research

March 11, 2015

This webinar focuses on the utilization of criminal history records for redemption research, which addresses the question of how long it takes for the offending risk of a person with a criminal history to become sufficiently low, such that criminal history provides little value in predicting future criminality for users of criminal history records, especially employers. The speaker will discuss different aspects of redemption research, including the motivation for conducting the research, how state criminal history records are used, approaches to analyzing them, and findings and policy implications of the research.

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Reports
Blumstein, Alfred, and Kiminori Nakamura. 2009. Redemption in Presence of Widespread Criminal Background Checks. Criminology 47: 327-359.

Blumstein, Alfred, and Kiminori Nakamura. 2009. 'Redemption' in an Era of Widespread Criminal Background Checks. NIJ Journal 263: 10-17.

Blumstein, Alfred, and Kiminori Nakamura. (2012). Extension of Current Estimates of Redemption Times: Robustness Testing, Out-of-State Arrests, and Racial Differences (240100). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.

Presenter:

Kiminori Nakamura, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland

Moderator:

Matthew Bileski, M.A.
Research Analyst
Statistical Analysis Center
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission


Utilizing State Criminal History Records for Justice Research Series

Part I: Arizona's Use of Computerized Criminal History Records

January 28, 2015

For some time, states across the country have been maintaining electronic criminal history records for the primary purposes of running background checks for employment and firearm purchases, making arrest and sentencing decisions, and establishing offender identification. Electronic criminal history record repositories are rich databases of offender arrest and subsequent case disposition information that have the potential to strengthen our understanding of the criminal justice system. This webinar is the first in a series of JRSA webinars examining the utility of state criminal history records for research and statistical analysis. During the webinar, a researcher from the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center (AZSAC) will provide an overview of the Arizona Computerized Criminal History (ACCH) repository, and a variety of AZSAC projects using ACCH data (e.g., recidivism, records quality, felony case processing, etc.) will be discussed.

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Presenter:

Matthew Bileski, M.A.
Research Analyst
Statistical Analysis Center
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

Moderator:

Sue Burton
Administrator
Statistical Analysis Center
Florida Department of Law Enforcement


Ensuring the Fidelity of Offender Risk Assessment in Large-Scale Correctional Settings: The Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision Initiative (QA-TIPS)

December 10, 2014

Several decades of research support key principles of effective correctional intervention, including the proper assessment and application of risk and needs instruments. However, demonstrating that offender assessments can be consistently implemented with fidelity in large-scale correctional settings remains a significant challenge. This requires the development of new staff skills, (re)certification and quality assurance policies, performance metrics, and the establishment of a system for providing coaching and feedback for assessors in the field. This webinar will describe quality control procedures developed as part of a statewide implementation of the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI). Based on a peer-to-peer and supervisory oversight approach, the Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision initiative, or QA-TIPS, offers a method for assessing levels of inter-rater reliability, the appropriateness of case plans, and staff use of relationship skills and motivational interviewing techniques. Electronic methods for the collection, analysis, and reporting of performance data will be described.

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Documents
LS/CMI User and User Trainer Minimum Recertification Requirements and Terms

Forms Demo Videos (if you are unable to play through your browser, right click and save the video to your computer.)
LS/CMI Assessment Review (AR) Form

Case Management Review (CMR) Form

Motivational Interviewing Skills (MI)Form

Annual Relationship Skills Assessment Form for Supervisors

Presenters:

Stephen Haas, Ph.D.
Director
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center

Leighann J. Davidson, M.S.
Research Analyst
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center

Moderator/Discussant:

J. Stephen Wormith, Ph.D.
Co-Developer, Level of Service/Case Management Inventory
Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies
University of Saskatchewan


Identity Theft and Financial Crimes: Trends, Law Enforcement Capabilities, and Victim Needs

October 15, 2014

This webinar will present results from recent studies of identity theft by Statistical Analysis Centers in Arizona and Minnesota. The presenter from the Arizona SAC will discuss identity theft trends in the state over the last decade, including information on offender demographics, arrest and conviction rates, and sentencing types. Presenters from the Minnesota SAC will then discuss the results of their statewide study of law enforcement agencies conducted to determine the extent of identity theft victimization and the needs of law enforcement in responding to it. Specifically, they will discuss their survey of law enforcement, gaps in providing support to victims, varying levels of skill among agencies in the state in addressing this and other financial crimes, survey methodology, and the steps being taken by the state based on the findings and recommendations in the report.

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Reports
Identity Theft Arrest and Case Processing Data: An Analysis of the Information in Arizona’s Computerized Criminal History Record System (2013)

Financial Crimes and Identity Theft: Survey of Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies (2013)

Presenters:

Matthew Bileski, M.A.
Research Analyst
Statistical Analysis Center
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

Danette Buskovick
Statistical Analysis Center Director
Office of Justice Programs
Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Suzanne Elwell, J.D.
Crime Victim Justice Unit Director
Office of Justice Programs
Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Moderator:

Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D.
Statistical Analysis Center Director
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission


Improving State Capacity for Crime Reporting: Data Quality and Imputation Methods Using State Incident-Based Reporting (IBR) System Data

July 31, 2014

This webinar will provide practical techniques with step-by-step instruction to assist analysts, researchers, and state repository staff in making better use of IBR crime count data. Participants will learn about the development of the methods, view examples that illustrate common problems in state level IBRS data, and see how to apply techniques to sample data. This session will provide tools and guidance for improving the capacity of states to derive more stable estimates of crime trends using incident-based data.

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Reports
Improving State Capacity for Crime Reporting: An Exploratory Analysis of Data Quality and Imputation Methods Using NIBRS Data (2012)

Testing the Validity of Demonstrated Imputation Methods on Longitudinal NIBRS Data (2014)

Presenter:

Christina R. LaValle, M.S.
Research Specialist
West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center

Moderator:

Stephen Haas, Ph.D.
Director
West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center


Strategies for Building a Successful SAC/SAA Relationships

July 9, 2014

This webinar will address methods and strategies SAC research staff can employ to develop productive partnerships with SAA grant managers that support program refinement, monitoring, and evaluation. The presentation will describe a structured role for SAC researchers linked to the cycle of grant program implementation activities.

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Presenter:

Mark Myrent
Illinois Statistical Analysis Center Director
Associate Director
Research and Analysis Unit, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Evaluating Crime and Justice Policies and Programs: Using Matching to Approximate Randomized Experiments

June 25, 2014

This presentation will discuss the advantages of using three types of matching procedures to approximate the "gold standard" of randomized experiments relative to traditional regression-based techniques. An overview of three matching methods, Propensity Score Matching (PSM), Precision Exact Matching, and Coarsened Exact Matching (CEM) will be presented to provide the basic analytic procedures required, the relative strengths of each method, and how these methods can be applied to policy and program evaluation research. Specific examples of how these techniques have been applied in criminology research will be discussed.

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Presenter:

William Bales, Ph.D.
Professor
Florida State University, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Uses of Administrative Data from Jails: Virginia's Local Inmate Data System (LIDS)

May 1, 2014

More than 20,000 individuals are admitted to Virginia jails each month, and at any point in time those jails hold around 30,000 local, state, and federal inmates. Information for these inmates is stored in the state's Local Inmate Data System (LIDS). Maintained by the Compensation Board, the primary purpose of LIDS is to determine the appropriate per diem payments that the state provides to local and regional jails. Although it is an administrative database created for a financial function, the Virginia SAC has made extensive use of the data for research and policy analysis. This webinar will highlight LIDS data components and use of LIDS to analyze trends in the jail population, examine recidivism for local responsible offenders, and track the success of programs meant to keep individuals out of jail.

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Presenter:

Baron Blakley
Research Specialist,
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


National Crime Victimization Survey Sub-National Estimates: A BJS Update

April 10, 2014

While the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) was originally designed to generate national estimates of the level and change in reported and unreported crime and incident characteristics, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been exploring a variety of approaches for using the NCVS to produce subnational estimates of victimization. In this webinar Dr. Planty shares initial findings and discusses the potential utility of these subnational estimates for better understanding patterns of crime and victimization.

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Presenter:

Michael Planty, Ph.D.
Chief of the Victimization Statistics Unit,
Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Use of Incident-Based Data as an Analytical Tool to Address Policy

March 27, 2014

The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate the utility of incident-based data as an analytic tool to address matters relevant to policy. Presenters will discuss issues they have addressed using such data: how they analyzed the data, how the findings led to a better understanding of problems such as domestic violence and disproportionate minority contact, and the policy and/or strategic implications of their findings. They will also discuss the limitations of the data and possible future research to further explore the issue.

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Presenters:

Rob McManus
South Carolina Statistical Analysis Center Director
Office of Justice Programs, South Carolina Department of Public Safety

Max Schlueter, Ph.D.
Vermont Statistical Analysis Center Director
Vermont Center for Justice Research

Moderator:

Lisa Walbolt Wagner
Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association



A State Perspective on Implementing Results First

February 18, 2014

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that ensures investment in effective criminal justice policies and programs. This webinar highlights states' use of the Results First approach and its effects on funding and programming decisions. Researchers and analysts from states currently using the model discuss the collaboration needed to collect necessary data across agencies, how they went about getting "buy-in" from policymakers, and how the results are being used to make policy and funding decisions.

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Presenters:

Sara Dube
Program Manager
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

Marc Schabses
Cost Benefit Project Coordinator
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Justice Research and Performance

Lisa Sampson
Director, Research and Policy Analysis Division
MA Statistical Analysis Center, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research

Moderator:

Mark Myrent
Illinois Statistical Analysis Center Director
Research Director
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority



CrimeSolutions.gov: Your Source for Criminal Justice Research Evidence

January 16, 2014

CrimeSolutions.gov, operated by the National Institute of Justice, provides rigorous, reliable, and consistent program evaluation information about "what works, what doesn't, and what's promising" in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services. In addition to assessing research evidence related to specific programs, the site includes a "practices" module that reviews the effectiveness of broad strategies and techniques. This webinar provides a general overview of the website and tips on using the information.

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Presenter:

Thomas E. Feucht, Ph.D.
Executive Senior Science Advisor and Acting Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections

August 15, 2013

Many barriers exist to implementing evidence-based programs and practices in community corrections. This webinar offers some practical strategies to researchers and practitioners for improving implementation processes and achieving better program results. Presenters provide specific examples of successful evidence-based programs in community corrections, including the efforts of the research team at Public Safety Canada to develop and implement the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS) model, and the application of the risk-based treatment in Ohio community-based correctional facilities.

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Presenters:

James Bonta, Ph.D.
Director of Corrections Research
Public Safety Canada

Kimberly Sperber, Ph.D.
Chief Research Officer
Talbert House - Cincinnati, Ohio

Moderator:

Stephen Haas, Ph.D.
West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center Director
Director of the Office of Research and Strategic Planning, West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services


Police Planning and Problem-Solving Through Incident-Based Reporting Data

July 25, 2013

Police have historically lacked the means to effectively use data for planning and problem-solving. Incident-based reporting data have great potential value for police departments that can collect, analyze, and disseminate these data in a practical and useful manner. Using resources through the ASA Committee on Law and Justice Statistics small grants program, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation analyzed incident-based reporting data to identify characteristics and trends in domestic violence cases. Researchers incorporated findings into a statistical resource guide that will be used by police officers and administrators as a tool for handling future domestic violence incidents.

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Presenters:

Angie Baker
Director of the Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center
Office of Criminal Justice Statistics, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Rodney Eaton
Supervisor
Field Services Unit, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Use of Administrative Records by State Statistical Analysis Centers

April 11, 2013

This webinar provides insight into the use of Administrative Records by state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). Vermont SAC Director Max Schlueter focuses on the value of court docket information for SAC research and policy analysis, and provides sample research products, strategies for obtaining the data, important data fields to collect, and data transfer procedures. Illinois SAC Director Mark Myrent discusses how strengths and weaknesses in criminal justice datasets drive the need to consider administrative record systems as a viable alternative for research. He reviews the process for merging criminal history and corrections records, and describes how record merging was initially used to produce a web-based tool for analyzing offense histories, recidivism patterns, and legislative impact on correctional populations and the associated costs.

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Presenters:

Max Schlueter, Ph.D.
Vermont Statistical Analysis Center Director
Vermont Center for Justice Research

Presenter:

Mark Myrent
Illinois Statistical Analysis Center Director
Associate Director
Research and Analysis Unit, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association


Issues in Using Administrative Records

February 19, 2013

In this webinar Dr. Culhane presents an overview of issues associated with the use of administrative records: defining administrative records; examples of different types of administrative records systems; identifying and overcoming barriers to the use of administrative records; and integrating data across administrative records systems. Dr. Culhane also provides an overview of the Intelligence for Social Policy Initiative, a program to improve the quality of education, health, and human service agencies' policies and practices through the use of integrated data systems.

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Presenter:

Dr. Dennis Culhane
Co-Principal Investigator, Intelligence for Social Policy Initiative
Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator:

Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D.
Director of of Research
Justice Research and Statistics Association



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