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ISAC Publishes Reports on Crossover Youth, Recidivism
October 12, 2021

ISAC is pleased to announce the release of two new research reports on the topics of crossover youth in Eastern Idaho and recidivism rates among Idaho’s felony offenders.

Crossover Youth in Eastern Idaho: Results from the District 6 Crossover Youth Practice Model Pilot Project presents the results of a pilot project in Bannock, Onedia, and Power Counties. Stakeholders from across the juvenile justice and child welfare systems came together in 2019 to begin implementing the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM). Fully implemented in February 2020, the CYPM aims to streamline services for “crossover youth”, youth who are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, by bringing together stakeholders from both systems to create joint case management plans that provide the most appropriate services to crossover youth in a more efficient manner. ISAC found that youth who “crossed over” after the CYPM was implemented experienced better outcomes on a wide range of measures as compared to youth who crossed over prior to CYPM implementation.

Read ISAC’s report on the CYPM pilot project here.

Recidivism Rates Among the Idaho Department of Correction’s Supervised Population presents results of a large recidivism study of felony offenders in Idaho. ISAC used data from the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) and the Idaho Supreme Court (ISC) to determine 3-year recidivism rates among felony offenders in Idaho, utilizing five definitions of recidivism. Using a series of survival analyses, ISAC determined actual and expected recidivism rates, as well as predictive demographic factors, for a group of more than 40,000 felony offenders that were under IDOC supervision between 2010 and 2017. Expected recidivism rates ranged from a low of 10% (technical probation/parole violations) to a high of 41% (charged with a new crime) three years after being released to the community from prison or being placed on probation, with slightly less than half of those recidivism events occurring within the first year. Across all recidivism types studied, being younger and male significantly increased the odds of an offender experiencing a recidivism event within their first three years in the community. The wide range in recidivism rates across the five definitions used in this study has implications for how recidivism should be studied in Idaho in the future, which ISAC also outlines in the report.

Read ISAC’s analysis of recidivism among Idaho’s felony offenders here.

ISAC Launches Redesigned Website, Crime in Idaho Data Dashboards
September 29, 2021

Today ISAC launched redesigned versions of its website and Crime in Idaho data dashboards.

ISAC’s new website features an updated layout, with pages and navigation features designed to make it easier for users to pinpoint the exact resources they need. Individual pages now highlight ISAC’s interactive data dashboards, recently released research reports, and ISAC’s reorganized digital publication library which provides users with more than two decades of research reports and analysis of Idaho’s criminal justice system.

The all-new Crime in Idaho data dashboard replaces two older ISAC dashboards (Violent Victimization, Drug & Alcohol Arrests). The new dashboard, which is still under construction, allows users to explore much of the data housed in the Idaho Incident-Based Reporting System, Idaho’s vast repository of law enforcement data on criminal incidents that occur within Idaho and the same data set that drives the annual Crime in Idaho report series. Agency, county, and state data from between 2005 and 2020 can be visualized in one place, allowing for highly customizable views and quick trend analysis. The dashboard currently contains sections pertaining to crimes against persons and drug/alcohol-related arrests, with additional sections to follow as they are built. This project is a collaborative effort between ISAC and the Idaho Uniform Crime Reporting Program, both of which are components of the Idaho State Police.

ISAC Welcomes New Senior Research Analyst
July 26, 2021

Today ISAC welcomes our new Senior Research Analyst, Kourtnie Rodgers. Ms. Rodgers comes to ISAC from Michigan State University, where she served as a Graduate Research Assistant while pursuing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University.

The move is a return to the West for Ms. Rodgers, who earned degrees from both the University of Wyoming and Boise State University prior to heading east. She has extensive research and data management experience, most often focused on various aspects of police-community relations, police administration, and the management of large administrative databases. She has co-authored four peer-reviewed articles and presented her work at numerous national conferences.

ISAC Names New Director
January 25, 2021

Thomas Strauss takes the helm of ISAC today after being promoted to Principal Research Analyst. The Principal Research Analyst serves as ISAC’s Director, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Mr. Strauss first came to ISAC in 2018 as a Senior Research Analyst. In that role, he contributed to nearly every project ISAC took on. He has been a contributing author on five technical reports, and the lead developer on all of ISAC’s interactive data dashboards. Mr. Strauss also serves as ISAC’s representative on multiple state-level working groups and committees, most notably serving as the current Chair of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup.

The move comes as former ISAC Director and Principal Research Analyst Misty Kifer transitions into her new role as a Grants/Contracts Officer within the Planning, Grants and Research (PGR) team. She returns to her role the STOP VAWA Grant Administrator for the State of Idaho, a position she briefly held in 2014. Ms. Kifer first came to PGR in 2004 as a Senior Research Analyst with ISAC, and served as ISAC’s Director for the last six years.

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ISAC Receives National Publication Award
November 20, 2020

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) has chosen ISAC as one of four 2020 Douglas Yearwood National Publication Award winners. ISAC’s report, Idaho Criminal Justice Needs Assessment: A Survey of Criminal Justice Practitioners and Community Leaders (2020), was the winner of the award for Best Research/Policy Report by a Small SAC. ISAC Senior Research Analysts Thomas Strauss and Danielle Swerin and ISAC Director Misty M. Kifer all contributed to the project, which entailed developing the survey, collecting and analyzing data, and drafting and disseminating the report.

Other 2020 winners include the Statistical Analysis Centers in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. The authors of all four award-winning reports will be presenting their projects to a national audience during an online event hosted by JRSA on December 17.

Idaho Criminal Justice Needs Assessment (2020) presents results from a survey of criminal justice practitioners and community leaders to evaluate the state of the justice system in Idaho and to identify areas in need of additional resources. Topics include current data and crime trends in Idaho and needs reported by professionals in law enforcement, adult court system, corrections, juvenile justice, victim services, government leaders, and community leaders. Major needs reported include mental health services, drug treatment services, re-entry support, rural area services and funding, domestic violence prevention and interventions, and workforce training and increased salaries. The results of this project will be used to identify under-resourced areas of Idaho’s justice system and develop strategies for distributing federal grant funds effectively around the state.

Read ISAC’s award-winning report here.

ISAC Publishes Report, Dashboard on Sexual Violence in Idaho
October 2020

ISAC is proud to announce the release of two new resources for data on sexual violence in Idaho.

This year, ISAC partnered with the Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to build a surveillance system and public-facing interactive data dashboard that monitors indicators of sexual violence in Idaho. The system is designed to be a resource for all who have an interest in tracking indicators of sexual violence, including SVP and its subgrantees. Starting with a list of indicators selected by SVP’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, ISAC selected 43 indicators to include in the system. ISAC also performed statistical tests on 14 indicators to determine the relationship between the indicators and the rate of rape victimization in Idaho. The companion report summarizes the process of indicator selection, as well as the results of the statistical analyses.

View the Idaho Sexual Violence Data Surveillance System Dashboard at the Get Healthy Idaho website.

Read the statistical report here.

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