Top regional public safety issues identified
In late 2007, the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division (CJRD) surveyed Clearinghouse stakeholders (which include collaborative partners and individuals and groups who access or utilize CJRD information and data). The CJRD Clearinghouse provides the means to seek and secure research funds from state and federal sources to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of crime control programs. The primary goal of the 2007 survey was to learn how CJRD products were received and what additional types of information would be useful to practitioners and policy makers across the region. The survey also included an open-ended question that asked respondents:
“In your opinion, what are the top three criminal justice issues
Of the 97 responses received, 39 percent felt drugs were a primary concern followed closely by gangs and juvenile crime at 38 percent. Twenty-nine percent pinpointed prisoner reentry (from jails and prisons back to the communities), 23 percent cited illegal immigration and border security, and law enforcement budget constraints (and difficulty maintaining staffing) were identified as a concern by 20 percent of the respondents.
The SANDAG CJRD provides brief monthly faxes that report on current projects and other topics of interest to criminal justice agencies, school administrators, public officials, city and county administrators, social service and health agencies, and the general public. In addition, the Division also produces CJ Bulletins on arrests, crime, and arrestee drug use on an annual basis, along with other special bulletins.
During the remainder of 2008, the CJ Faxes distributed by the CJRD will focus on the five areas identified above, providing information about what we know at the national level on these issues, as well as how this applies on a local level. To learn more about recent SANDAG studies in these areas, please visit www.sandag.org/cjc.