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JRSA, a national non-profit organization, is a resource center for researchers, analysts, journalists and practitioners of justice research. We provide reputable, nonpartisan research; learning programs tailored for justice researchers and research consumers who want to be informed; and opportunities for peers to meet, share perspectives and learn from one another. With our partners, we conduct justice research. We provide comprehensive analyses of crucial issues and their effects across the entire justice system. We also analyze issues at the State & Federal level, providing thorough assessments of today's pressing societal challenges.


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    Reducing Substance Use Disorders and Related Offending: A Continuum of Evidence-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System
    (Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2019-09-17) Gleicher, Lily
    Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) researchers developed a web-based continuum to share evidence-informed practices for addressing substance use disorders (SUDs) and substance misuse to guide local-level assessment, planning, and implementation efforts around SUD prevention and intervention. These practices range from early prevention to services to support successful reintegration back into the community following time spent in jail or prison. Communities are encouraged to use this continuum to examine the gaps and needs that exist in their areas and explore the options available to address those gaps. This webinar focuses on navigating the web-based continuum, as well as highlighting some key topic areas such as pharmacological methods of SUD treatment, importance of clinical assessment and the continuity of care, as well as things to consider when implementing or sustaining these types of programs.
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    An Introduction to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
    (Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2019-07-23) Harrell, Erika; Kena, Grace; Truman, Jennifer
    This presentation provides an overview of the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the primary source of information on nonfatal criminal victimization in the United States. The NCVS is a self-report survey that is administered from January to December to persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. These data include a range of nonfatal personal crimes and household property crimes, such as rape and sexual assault, aggravated and simple assault, and motor vehicle theft and burglary, and include crimes reported and not reported to police. A key contribution of the NCVS is that it describes the nature of criminal victimizations and the characteristics of victims in addition to counts of crimes. Information from the NCVS can be retrieved in a variety of ways, such as BJS reports available through the BJS website as well as through the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). This presentation will give information on the history and structure of the NCVS and ways that members of the public can access NCVS data.
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    Communicating and Disseminating Research Findings
    (Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2019) Paul, Casey
    This webinar provides an overview of how to communicate and disseminate research findings in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences. It focuses on identifying your audience and catering your research reports to that audience. It also explores the various mediums of disseminating research results as well as how to develop a dissemination plan. Learning objectives include: - Defining knowledge transfer, - Determining how to communicate findings by identifying the audience, - Distilling a message, and writing findings in an accessible way, and - Developing a dissemination plan.
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    Can PSM Strategies Replicate RCT Results in Criminal Justice Research?
    (Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2019-02-27) Campbell, Christopher; Labrecque, Ryan
    Identifying the best practices for reducing crime and victimization requires ample research with a strong methodology. Understood as the “gold standard” in research design, the randomized control trial (RCT) has been shown to provide reliable and valid findings. Despite their methodological strengths, however, RCTs are not always feasible in many criminal justice settings. As a substitute, analysts have increasingly had to rely on other quasi-experimental designs and statistical techniques to address their research questions. One of the more popular techniques is propensity score modeling (PSM), which is designed to simulate the effects of an RCT experiment. Despite its recent increase in use, a critical question remains: Can PSM methods replicate the results from RCTs? Drawing on a selection of 10 RCT databases from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), we tested the reliability and validity of five commonly used PSM techniques by comparing the accompanied effect sizes to those from the original RCTs. This webinar describes how the presenters tested PSM and presents their meta-analytic findings of the comparison to RCTs. It concludes with a discussion about the implications of our findings for evaluation research.
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    Forecasting Prison Populations, Costs, and other Outcomes
    (Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2020-02-14) Pelletier, Elizabeth; Peterson, Bryce
    Researchers from the Urban Institute recently developed the Prison Population Forecaster (PPF) (https://apps.urban.org/features/priso...), which allows individuals to explore how user-customized policy changes might affect prison populations, racial and ethnic compositions, and budgets in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In this webinar, the presenters draw from their experience creating the PPF to: - Provide an overview of prison population forecasting (PPF) - Offer a list of some key considerations, inputs, and outputs relevant to developing a forecast of prison populations, costs, and other outcomes - Describe the methodology and statistical code used in the PPF
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