Crime Reporting in America

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This is radio show 235.

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Contextual crime reporting is of great interest to justice system representatives and the media.  The program interviewed Deb Wenger, Associate Professor, the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi and Ted Gest, President of Criminal Justice Journalists and Washington Bureau Chief of The Crime Report.Org.

Both addressed a new report titled, “The Crime Beat: Does Quantity Matter?” from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was co-authored by Wenger and Dr. Rocky Dailey of South Dakota State University.  It is available at http://thecrimereport.s3.amazonaws.com/2/c0/e/2601/wenger_report_the_crime_beat.pdf .

The report was used as a foundation for examining the quality of crime reporting in the United States. Associate Professor Wenger’s website is http://www.advancingthestory.com.

The Criminal Justice Journalists daily Crime & Justice News, as well as other stories and resources on criminal justice issues, can be seen at http://www.thecrimereport.org/ .The site is operated with the Center for Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The transcript is available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/2015/05/crime-reporting-in-america/

The Marshall Project is a new source of daily crime news, see https://www.themarshallproject.org/ .

Special Announcements:

A top priority for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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