Category Archives: CJARS project news

CJARS welcomes new staff

The CJARS team has grown substantially in the past few months, bringing on new staff with a diverse range of knowledge, experiences, and perspectives.

We are happy to have recently welcomed several new members to the CJARS team: Diana Sutton (Project Manager), Elizabeth Luh (Post-Doc), Josh Kim (Research Assistant), Susan Parker (Graduate Student Research Assistant), James Reeves (Graduate Student Research Assistant), and Neel Shah (Undergraduate Student Research Assistant).

Stay tuned for new positions we post here for future opportunities to join the CJARS team.

CJARS partners with Measures for Justice on data harmonization

CJARS has established a collaborative partnership with Measures for Justice (MFJ) to develop a machine learning algorithm that will assist with the classification of offense descriptions into MFJ’s offense classification schema.

The product of this partnership will be an algorithm that will be made publicly available to researchers to implement and use with their own data. This will have the benefit of (1) substantially cutting down on the resources needed to code offense descriptions manually and (2) make research findings more consistent and comparable by bringing offense classification into one commonly used schema.

More information can about this partnership can be found in this press release.

CJARS research at the NBER Summer Institute

Mike Mueller-Smith presents the first research from the CJARS project at the NBER Summer Institute during the week of July 22, 2019. The research, “Inequalities in U.S. Criminal Justice and Economic Outcomes,” is joint work with Keith Finlay of the U.S. Census Bureau. The work highlights the new measures of criminal justice contact made possible with the CJARS data infrastructure and the data linkage resources at the Census Bureau.

NSF awards CJARS major data infrastructure grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded the CJARS project a major data infrastructure grant. The proposal, “RIDIR: Developing and Deploying the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System”, was awarded as part of the Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR) program. The grant will fund CJARS data infrastructure development for four years, and accelerate the opening of CJARS as a widely available research resources through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center network.