UCR Data, Kids Count Data, Watch MN Resources on Court Watch, OVC Web Forum on Victims and the Media and Easier Access to “Repaying Debts”

February 3, 2008

Dear Friends:

Well, I’m on pins and needles with the NFC Playoffs starring my beloved Packers only six hours away! So I’ve been inspired to load you up with LOTS of great resources this week. Also, I’ll be
on the road without internet access next weekend, so your next MMM will come from me on January 28. Five Missives for you this week.

The FBI just released preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 1.8 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention in the first half of 2007 when compared with figures reported for the first six months of 2006. These are GREAT data to use for 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. You can download the Uniform Crime Reports data at: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/prelim2007/index.html.

The latest statistics and data from the annual Kids Count project have just been released. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT online database has a whole new look and feel. Now featuring child well-being measures for the 50 largest U.S. cities, this powerful tool contains more than 100 indicators, including the most recent data available on education, employment and income, poverty, health, and youth risk factors for the United States as a whole, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is an excellent resource for MMMers: http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx.

I’ve recently been introduced to a great organization, WATCH Minnesota, which in 2007 won a Mary Byron Foundation “Celebrating Solutions” award. They offer excellent resources and technical assistance to help folks establish court watch programs, including a wonderful “how to” manual. In the early days of our field, court watch programs were an important staple, and should be today! Check out their website and resources at: http://www.watchmn.org/.

I’ll be hosting an OVC Web Forum on Wednesday, January 30, from 2 pm tp 3 pm EST with my great Colorado colleague, journalism professor Greg Luft. We’ll be discussing “Cultivating Relationships Between Victim Service Providers and the Media.” It ought to be an interesting and lively chat, so please join us and help spread the word. More info is available from the Office for Victims of Crime at: http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/index.asp.

Loyal MMMer Stephanie Frogge let me know that some folks were having difficulty accessing the CSG document on restitution, “Repaying Debts.” She provided a more direct link for you all: http://www.reentrypolicy.org/special_projects/financial_obligations. Thanks, Steph!