Current research and data

Learn about current projects underway within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research.

Provider Sexual Crime Reports

Mass General Laws (Chapter 112) requires the reporting of all cases of rape and sexual assault where the victim sought medical treatment, regardless of whether the case was reported to police. To fulfill this requirement and facilitate uniform reporting by medical providers across the Commonwealth, a Provider Sexual Crime Reporting (PSCR) Form is used. After a victim has been checked at a medical facility, the attending care provider is required to complete the PSCR form, which is then shared with local law enforcement and submitted via fax to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, where all information is recorded and maintained in a master database. 

The Provider Sexual Crime Report Form is located within the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit which is distributed to Massachusetts hospital emergency departments on an annual basis. Medical providers can also access the Provider Sexual Crime Report using the link below.

If you would like additional information regarding the Provider Sexual Crime Report or the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit, please contact the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research at (617) 725-3301.

Additional Resources for Provider Sexual Crime Reports

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Research Group (MCJARG)

The Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Researchers Group (MCJARG) was formed in the fall of 2002 to provide an informal forum for public sector research professionals working in criminal justice and related fields.   

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. Currently, the Research and Policy Analysis Division (RPAD) of the Office of Grants and Research has taken a leadership role in the administrative oversight of this group.

Additional Resources for Massachusetts Criminal Justice Agency Research Group (MCJARG)

County Corrections Release Data

Since FY2012 the state budget requires the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to receive and monitor quarterly data on offenders released from county houses of correction to the community so that it is available for recidivism reporting. The Office of Grants and Research's Research and Policy Analysis Division (RPAD) works with the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association and the county sheriffs’ departments to satisfy this requirement. RPAD processes and tracks county submissions, monitors data quality, and creates annual files of releases to the street.

Electronic Control Weapons (ECW)

In October 2004, in response to Chapter 170 of the Acts of 2004, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) published rules on the sale of electronic control weapons, also known as “Tasers”, in Massachusetts, and training of law enforcement on the appropriate use of such weapons.

Another requirement was for EOPSS to develop a procedure directing police departments to collect Massachusetts data on:

  • the number of police departments approved to use electronic control weapons
  • the number of times the device or weapon is fired
  • identifying characteristics, such as race and sex, of subjects 

Police departments approved to use ECWs send reports to the Office of Grants and Research's Research and Policy Analysis Division (RPAD) twice a year to describe the data and write an annual report.

Additional Resources for Electronic Control Weapons (ECW)

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