Each year, the Crime and Justice Institute plans, facilitates, and hosts the Institutional Corrections Research Network/ National Corrections Reporting Program Annual Meeting. The meeting brings together corrections researchers from state agencies and federal partners to share information about their data analysis tools and internal research.

2019 ICRN Conference Summary

The seventh annual data providers meeting, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), took place at the Robert A. Young (RAY) Federal Building St. Louis, Missouri, on September 19 and 20, 2019. Participants included data suppliers to the National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP), members of the Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN), and staff from Abt Associates (Abt), NIC, BJS, and the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI). The goals of this meeting were to:

  • Provide recommendations for a national research agenda and to assist the corrections field in further developing infrastructure to have high-quality data and share it through national partnerships; and
  • Further the work of the corrections field in its understanding and application of research by bringing together agency-based researchers to discuss issues and share insights on research conducted within agencies that operate correctional institutions.

The meeting began with a presentation from Anne Precythe, director at the Missouri Department of Corrections, that highlighted the importance of using risk data to drive decision-making. Director Precythe’s presentation was followed by presentations on research studies using NCRP and CES data by Abt Associates, and the current and future plans at BJS by Danielle Kaeble (BJS). The introductory presentations were followed by plenary sessions on exploring recidivism and research in corrections. These sessions were followed by breakout sessions and small group discussions about topics including technical violations, classification assessments, restrictive housing, and NCRP data collection and results. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to informally network, discuss the dynamic relationship between criminal justice policy and data, and participate in discussions on research and performance management efforts across states.

The second day began with another round of breakout sessions on topics including BJS publications, parole supervision, the NCRP analysis tool, the National Institute of Justice Correction’s Portfolio and new Corrections Strategic Research Plan, hate crimes and sex offenses, and educational strategies in corrections. Participants later had an opportunity to listen in on upcoming BJS initiatives. The meeting ended with a discussion of key points, lessons learned, and action steps for moving forward.