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New! Job Opportunity: Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) Data Manager APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO July 26, 2015
June 22, 2015

Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) is seeking a Data Manager to work under the direction of the Research Director in Chicago. This position will be responsible for identifying, obtaining, cleaning, connecting, and analyzing data from diverse sources. The individual will evaluate data, design interfaces between datasets, and develop innovative criminal justice data research methods to inform the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. This position will represent the Council and act on behalf of the Executive Director on information technology and data projects involving other state and private entities.

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Five New Sentencing Policy Advisory Council Fiscal Impact Analysis Reports Available
Supplement: Victimization Costs in Bill Fiscal Impact Analyses
April 16, 2015

For the first time this year SPAC is incorporating victimization costs into its analyses. The victimization costs utilized are from the seminal study by the National Institute of Justice. See, McCollister, K.E., French, M.T., and Fang, H., “The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, April 2010, pp. 98-109. This study provides the best available estimates of victimization costs. These costs are also used in the Illinois Results First cost-benefit analysis model SPAC is implementing. The attached supplement details the SPAC methodology for calculating and applying these costs for specific crimes using Illinois data.

Highlights

Infographic: Prison Resource Consumption by Offense Class

Infographic: Prison Resource Consumption by Offense Class

To illustrate how different offense classes consume resources, SPAC analyzed the data for the average number of exits in each class for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

IDOC Admissions, Exits, and Population Pie Charts

IDOC Admissions, Exits, and Population Pie Charts

IDOC Admissions, Exits, and Population Pie Charts highlights data from State Fiscal Year 2013 and June 30, 2013 Admissions data.

Supplement: Victimization Costs in Bill Fiscal Impact Analyses

Supplement: Victimization Costs in Bill Fiscal Impact Analyses

For the first time this year SPAC is incorporating victimization costs into its analyses. The victimization costs utilized are from the seminal study by the NIJ.

Offender Profiles

Offender Profiles

Who is the average inmate coming out of state prison? What crime did he or she commit? How long did he or she spend in the system? What was his or her experience? To begin answering these questions, SPAC analyzed state prison releases to create an average “profile” using the most often occurring characteristics, as well as average and median lengths of stay.