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Criminal Justice

Regional Criminal Justice Research and Clearinghouse

SANDAG supports local criminal justice planning and policymaking by providing analyses of crime occurrence, crime trends, and responses to crime in the region. Current and historical information about crime patterns and prevention, and crime-reduction strategies are maintained.

The 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. Assistance to member agencies occurs through various avenues: publishing crime and arrest reports, sharing resources and information, quality assurance studies of crime-related data, impact assessments of crime-reduction strategies, long-term evaluations of critical issues, and grant writing assistance for agencies seeking state and federal funding. Through the Clearinghouse, staff also conduct analyses of offender drug use.

Criminal Justice Research Division staff responds daily to requests for crime-related information from elected officials, criminal justice administrators, community agency practitioners, the public, and the media. Crime-related databases are continually updated. To remain current in the field, information resources are maintained on a variety of justice issues, as well as potential state and federal funding sources for local criminal justice operations. On a monthly basis, data from more than 20 public safety agencies are compiled, quality-controlled, and analyzed. To reduce regional duplication of effort, a regional criminal justice grants coalition coordinates grant funding requests. Additionally, staff participates as members of several local criminal justice related committees, councils, and strike forces.

Criminal Justice Flash Findings & Bulletins

The Criminal Justice Research Division provides brief monthly flash findings 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. These monthly updates and CJ Bulletins are featured below in PDF format. Flash findings from previous years are available in our Criminal Justice Archive.

Current Crime Report

Thirty Years of Crime in the San Diego Region: 1984 through 2013 

Crime in the San Diego Region Mid-Year 2014 Statistics

If you would like to receive the products by email as they are released, please contact Liz Doroski at ldo@sandag.org.

Flash Findings

September 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 9
Property Crime Down Regionally for Each Category in First Half of 2014

August 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 8
Marijuana Use Up Among Juveniles Arrested in 2013

July 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 7
Meth Use Up Among Youth Booked Into Juvenile Hall in 2013

June 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 6
Youth in the Dependency and Delinquency Systems and the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

May 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 5
Number of Sworn Officers Assaulted in San Diego County Increased for the Second Consecutive Year in 2013

April 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 4
Regional Crime Bulletin Preview: Violent Crime Back Down, Property Crime Relatively Stable in 2013

March 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 3
Mental Health Calls for Service to Law Enforcement Up: Possible Causes and Implications

February 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 2
A Quick Look: Who is in Our Jails and Under Probation Supervision Since Realignment

January 2014 - Volume 16 Issue 1
Targeting Cross-Border Drug-Related Violence in the San Diego Region

2013

December 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 12
Juvenile Arrests Down in 2012, Driven in Part by Fewer Arrests for Status Offenses

November 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 11
Arrest Rates Continue to Decrease in San Diego County in 2012, Public Safety Spending Also Down

October 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 10
Gun Crime Down in 2013, but Still a Public Safety and Public Health Issue

September 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 9
Heroin Use Up in 2012, Driven in Part by More Prescription Drug Abuse by Young Adults

July 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 8
Juvenile Delinquent Girls: The Importance of Gender Responsive Interventions

July 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 7
Alternative Courts: Innovative and Restorative Public Safety Approaches - Part II

June 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 6
Alternative Courts: Innovative and Restorative Public Safety Approaches

May 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 5
Responding to Disturbance Calls Poses Greatest Risk to Peace Officers

April 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 4
Gang Activity Identified Most Often as Homicide Motive in 2012; Up From 2011

March 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 3
Regional Crime Bulletin Preview: Violent and Property Crime Rates Up in 2012, But Still Among Lowest in Past 30 Years

February 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 2
Juvenile Court Family Advocates Offer Culturally-Competent Services

January 2013 - Volume 15 Issue 1
Driving Under the Influence: Despite Increased Awareness, Still a Costly Crime

Flash findings (previously called CJ Fax) from previous years are available in our Criminal Justice Archive.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Criminal Justice Research Division
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email: cindy.burke@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact David Hicks at (619) 699-6939 or david.hicks@sandag.org.