The Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Researchers Group (MCJARG) was formed in the fall of 2002 to provide an informal forum where professionals interested in issues relating to data collection and reporting, research, and program evaluation could share information, foster research collaborations, and learn from others. Since its inception, topics of discussion have been varied and included recidivism, program evaluation, offender reentry, technology to improve criminal justice operations, racial profiling in traffic enforcement, prison gangs, parole board statistics, state court performance measures, and GIS mapping.
The Research and Policy Analysis Division (RPAD) has assumed a leadership role with the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Researchers Group. The Group has met intermittently for a decade on an ad-hoc basis; however, funding from the State Justice Statistics Program in 2011 enabled RPAD’s Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center to formalize MCJARG (meeting time, dates, and format), its mission and objectives, and identify topic areas and training interests. MCJARG will be instrumental in supporting statewide initiatives impacting criminal justice involved offenders through sharing research, developing shared definitions and standards, and forming collaborations.
The mission of MCJARG is to formalize a collaborative research network with various state, county and local agency criminal justice practitioners that provides a forum where professionals interested in issues relating to data collection and reporting, research, and program evaluation can share information, foster research collaborations, and learn from others. Below is the list of current MCJARG members.