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The Office of Research and Statistics distributes an occasional newsletter, Elements of Change, that highlights trends and issues in the criminal justice system such as alcohol and drug use, special correctional populations, crime prevention, sentencing patterns, and new laws.
Elements of Change is the easiest way to understand what the Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) is all about. The content of Elements of Change serves as an excellent reflection of the issues and projects that the Research Unit is working on at any given time.
The primary goal of the newsletter is to deliver research information in a concise manner so that everyone can take advantage of up-to-the-minute criminal justice information.
- May 2012 (vol 16/no 1) 1.31MB
Evidence-Based Practices Implementation for Capacity (EPIC)
- April 2010 (vol 14/no 1) 544KB
Why has prison growth slowed?
- May 2008 (vol 12/no 1) 374KB
Colorado Sex Offender Risk Scale (SORS): Nine-year follow-up
- September 2006 (vol 10/no 2) 318KB
Crisis Intervention Teams: A Community-Based Initiative
Recipient of the 2007 Phillip Hoke National Publications Award for Excellence in the Research/Policy Analysis Category presented by The Justice Information Research Network (formerly, Justice Research & Statistics Association)
- July 2006 (vol 10/no 1) 288KB
FY04 Decline in successful Community Corrections completion rates.
- February 2005 (vol 9/no 1) 181KB
This special issue takes a look at a Colorado prison-based therapeutic community for sex offenders.
- July 2004 (vol 8/no 1) 208KB
This issue takes a look at institutional sex offenders and their risk out in the community.
- April 2003 (vol 7/no 2) 334KB
Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 2002 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections and Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
- January 2003 (vol 7/no 1) 339KB
Special issue that looks at drug use in Denver, Colorado.
- August 2002 (vol 6/no 2) 139KB
Special issue looking at Community Corrections in Colorado.
- Jan/Apr 2001 (vol 6/no 1) 203KB
Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 2000 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections and Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
- October 2000 (vol 5/no 4) 150KB
Special issue looking at issues surrounding the polygraph (whether it is reliable, admissible, and ethical) and the polygraph's role as a containment tool for convicted sex offenders in the community.
- July 2000 (vol 5/no 3) 104KB
Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 1999 Juvenile Detention, Commitment, and Parole Population Projections.
- April 2000 (vol 5/no 2) 186KB
Significant findings from the Division of Criminal Justice Fall 1999 Adult Prison and Parole Population Projections.
- January 2000 (vol 5/no 1) 172KB
Special issue looking at the use of the polygraph and treatment with convicted adult sex offenders to reveal crossover in offending patterns.
- July 1999 (vol 4/no 3) 246KB
- Drug charges vs. convictions.
- Most serious offense charged, Denver metro vs. non-Denver Colorado.
- Most serious drug offense charged, Denver metro vs. non-Denver Colorado.
- Placement by most serious offense charged.
- Behavior severity score by placement.
- Five-year crime trends.
- April 1999 (vol 4/no 2) 81KB
- Sex offender community notification.
- American Indians and crime.
- January 1999 (vol 4/no 1) 93KB
- Fall 1998 prison population projections.
- Sexually violent predator risk assessment scale.
- United States homicide rates (looking at gun involvement and age)
- October 1998 (vol 3/no 4) 99KB
A special report from the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Research Project (a collaboration between the Piton Foundation and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice). Profiles of alcohol and other drug use by youth in juvenile detention.
- July 1998 (vol 3/no 3) 89KB
- Case processing evaluation of the Denver Drug Court.
- New criminal justice legislation enacted by the 1998 Colorado General Assembly.
- Who's high on what when committing a crime?
- Drug use, age at onset.
- April 1998 (vol 3/no 2) 94KB
- Fall 1997 prison population projections.
- Sex offender issues (Sex Offender Management Board, the polygraph, and lifetime supervision).
- Fraternity and sorority involvement in heavy drinking.
- October 1997 (vol 2/no 4) 88KB
- A look at four proven prevention strategies.
- The bottom line, cost-effectiveness of prevention.
- Some local (Colorado) prevention options.
- July 1997 (vol 2/no 3) 86KB
- Juvenile crime funnel (comparison of juvenile population, arrests, detainees, probations, and commitments).
- A profile of juvenile detainees by school status, income, ethnicity, and family composition.
- Most serious charge/top five charges for juvenile detainees.
- Admission and population trends at Colorado juvenile secure detention facilities.
- April 1997 (vol 2/no 2) 1.41MB
- Mandatory Parole.
- Plea practices.
- Juvenile detention and commitment population projections.
- Most harmful drug substances.
- July 1996 (vol 1/no 2) 1.41MB
- Juvenile detainees.
- Crime funnel.
- Plea practices.
- Adult incarceration.
- Internet workshop.
- April 1996 (vol 1/no 1) 1.52MK
- Arrest rates.
- Adult sex offender management.
- Drug use trends.
- Juvenile incarceration.
- Employment and program outcome.