Research reports


Benchmarking the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System’s Data Infrastructure

The purpose of this report is to convey the findings of a series of exercises that were conducted to benchmark the CJARS data infrastructure against other widely-used sources of data on justice-involved populations (i.e., Uniform Crime Report, State Court Processing Statistics, National Prisoners Statistics Program, National Corrections Reporting Program, Annual Probation Survey, and Annual Parole Survey). This involved comparing counts of events and caseload characteristics reported in these data series to similar estimates produced using CJARS. Results indicated that there was a high degree of alignment between the counts of events and caseload characteristics that were estimated using CJARS as compared to the data series that were used for benchmarking. The findings reviewed in this report provide a substantial amount of evidence in support of the efficacy of the CJARS data infrastructure.

You can download the report here.


Criminal Disqualifications in the Paycheck Protection Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support small businesses. However, some businesses are not eligible for this program if an owner of 20% or more of the equity of the business has had certain disqualifying events based on their history of involvement in the justice system. The goal of this report was to estimate the overall impact of these criminal history disqualifications.

You can download the report here. The report was also released as Census Bureau ADEP Working Paper ADEP-WP-2020-04.


Trends in Michigan Marijuana Offenses

In collaboration with the Michigan State Court Administrative Office, CJARS produced a brief report examining court case filing trends for marijuana-related offenses in the state.

You can download the report here.