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ISAC Updates STOP Accomplishments Dashboard
April 12, 202
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Today ISAC updated its STOP Accomplishments dashboard to include data from Calendar Year 2021. Administered on the state level by the Planning, Grants & Research (PGR) Department of the Idaho State Police (ISP), the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) grant is a federal pass-through funding program authorized by Congress as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). STOP funds originate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and are passed through to local agencies to support communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective criminal justice strategies to address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence; and develop and enhance victim services in cases involving these crimes.

Some highlights from 2021:

  • A total of 14 agencies across 9 counties and 5 ISP districts reported STOP-funded activities to PGR.
  • STOP funding paid for over 32,600 hours of staff time, enabled 38 community-focused educational events, and funded 68 professional development trainings for 557 law enforcement officers, health care workers, court staff, victim advocates, and others.
  • Agencies providing direct services to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking served 2,599 victims/survivors, 69% of which were victimized by a current or former intimate partner. The most commonly-used STOP-funded services were victim advocacy (provided to 67% of victims/survivors), crisis intervention (47%), and civil legal advocacy (28%).
  • Law enforcement units funded by STOP conducted 104 investigations, leading to 15 arrests and 29 cases being referred for prosecution.
  • Prosecution units funded by STOP received 111 cases, 67% of which were accepted for prosecution. Of those accepted for prosecution, 67% of cases resulted in a conviction or guilty plea.

See more data from Idaho’s STOP program on ISAC’s STOP Accomplishments dashboard.

Learn more about Idaho’s STOP program on PGR’s STOP VAWA page.


ISAC Adds Property Crime Victimization to Crime in Idaho Data Dashboard
January 13, 202
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Today ISAC updated its Crime in Idaho data dashboard with data on property crime victimization. The new section displays data gathered from state and local law enforcement agencies around Idaho on crimes such as robbery, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, with a focus on victimization rate trends by county and victim demographics.

The Crime in Idaho data 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, crimes against property, 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 Publishes Research Briefs on Sexual, Intimate Partner Violence
December 17, 2021

ISAC has published two research briefs examining recent trends in both sexual and intimate partner violence in Idaho.

Sexual Violence in Idaho, 2020 includes data victims known to law enforcement, victims who received grant-funded services, and feedback from victim service agencies. Since 2016, both the rate of victims known to law enforcement per capita and the number of victims accessing grant-funded services has increased. Notable agency needs include resources to train and retain staff, respond to evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide safe shelter or housing to victims of sexual violence.

Intimate Partner Violence in Idaho, 2020 includes data on victims known to law enforcement, victims who received grant-funded services, and feedback from victim service agencies. Since 2016, the rate of victims known to law enforcement per capita has decreased, but the number of victims accessing grant-funded services has increased. Notable agency needs include resources to train and retain staff, expand service availability, respond to evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide safe shelter or housing to victims of intimate partner violence.

Both research briefs are available in the ISAC Publication Library.


ISAC Awarded Grant to Study Crime Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic
October 26, 2021

ISAC has been awarded a research grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to study crime patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award will fund a 1-year ISAC research project that will utilize data from the Idaho Incident-Based Reporting System as its foundation. ISAC plans to conduct an interrupted time-series analysis to compare crime trends before, during, and after the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders that were in effect in Idaho during March and April 2020. The analysis will also include county- and regional-level analyses to determine differential impacts to crime trends in different geographic areas. Finally, trends for incident types of particular interest to justice system stakeholders in Idaho, such as drug/alcohol crime, domestic violence, sexual violence, and violence against children, will be examined in-depth.

The grant was awarded under BJS’s State Justice Statistics (SJS) program, a competitive federal research grant aimed at enhancing states’ capacity to develop and carry out innovative and timely justice system research projects. Only state Statistical Analysis Centers are eligible for funding under the SJS program, positioning ISAC as the only entity in Idaho eligible for this funding. 2021 marks the fifth-straight year ISAC has earned an SJS award. Historically, the SJS program funds between 30 and 40 research proposals per year.

ISAC will publish results of the study in a technical report, which is currently slated for a Fall 2022 release.


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.


Archived News

2021

ISAC Publishes Research Briefs on Sexual, Intimate Partner Violence
December 17, 2021

ISAC has published two research briefs examining recent trends in both sexual and intimate partner violence in Idaho.

Sexual Violence in Idaho, 2020 includes data victims known to law enforcement, victims who received grant-funded services, and feedback from victim service agencies. Since 2016, both the rate of victims known to law enforcement per capita and the number of victims accessing grant-funded services has increased. Notable agency needs include resources to train and retain staff, respond to evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide safe shelter or housing to victims of sexual violence.

Intimate Partner Violence in Idaho, 2020 includes data on victims known to law enforcement, victims who received grant-funded services, and feedback from victim service agencies. Since 2016, the rate of victims known to law enforcement per capita has decreased, but the number of victims accessing grant-funded services has increased. Notable agency needs include resources to train and retain staff, expand service availability, respond to evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide safe shelter or housing to victims of intimate partner violence.

Both research briefs are available in the ISAC Publication Library.


ISAC Awarded Grant to Study Crime Patterns During COVID-19 Pandemic
October 26, 2021

ISAC has been awarded a research grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to study crime patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award will fund a 1-year ISAC research project that will utilize data from the Idaho Incident-Based Reporting System as its foundation. ISAC plans to conduct an interrupted time-series analysis to compare crime trends before, during, and after the COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders that were in effect in Idaho during March and April 2020. The analysis will also include county- and regional-level analyses to determine differential impacts to crime trends in different geographic areas. Finally, trends for incident types of particular interest to justice system stakeholders in Idaho, such as drug/alcohol crime, domestic violence, sexual violence, and violence against children, will be examined in-depth.

The grant was awarded under BJS’s State Justice Statistics (SJS) program, a competitive federal research grant aimed at enhancing states’ capacity to develop and carry out innovative and timely justice system research projects. Only state Statistical Analysis Centers are eligible for funding under the SJS program, positioning ISAC as the only entity in Idaho eligible for this funding. 2021 marks the fifth-straight year ISAC has earned an SJS award. Historically, the SJS program funds between 30 and 40 research proposals per year.

ISAC will publish results of the study in a technical report, which is currently slated for a Fall 2022 release.


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.

2020

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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