FSAC Publications & Presentations
Crime Publications by Topic


Assessing Florida's Criminal History Improvement, 2003 - 2006: Using the Records Quality Index
December 2009
The Florida Statistical Analysis Center (FSAC) conducted a study of Florida’s criminal history records using the Records Quality Index (RQI) developed by Structured Decisions Corporation (SDC) for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. SDC applied specific techniques to examine the performance of state criminal history records systems using a set of outcome, timeliness, and completion measures for criminal history records over a period of time.  The FSAC used criminal history records for arrests that occurred between 2001 and 2006 to calculate Florida’s RQI for 2003 and, for comparison purposes, the RQI for 2006. As part of this project, the FSAC developed computer programs to automate portions of the RQI equation related to computation of the timeliness and completion of the records. The programs allow the FSAC to easily calculate the RQI for future years as well as modify the measures used to provide additional information about Florida’s criminal history records to policy makers.  (Available as PDF.)


Applying a Crime Seriousness Scale to Measure Changes in the Severity of Offenses by Individuals Arrested in Florida
Published in Justice Research and Policy, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2004.
Authors:  Susan E. Burton, Matthew Finn, Debra Livingston, Kristen Scully, William D. Bales, Kathy Padgett

Florida has experienced consistent and significant declines in total crime rates and violent crime rates since 1989; however, the perception among citizens, law enforcement, and the courts is that individuals are arrested today for committing more serious and violent crimes than in the past. Florida's Statistical Analysis Center analyzed Computerized Criminal History data on over eight million felony arrest events and almost three million arrestees from 1984 to 2002 to examine trends in offender seriousness to assess the legitimacy of these views. In addition to calculating individual arrest histories based on counts of arrest events, a seriousness scale was developed and applied to annual cohorts to capture a more accurate representation of the relative seriousness of individuals' police encounters over time. We found increases in the frequency of arrest events in individual careers but decreases in the seriousness and level of violence of arrestees’ crimes, especially over the past decade. Additionally, Florida’s change in punishment policy in 1994 from an indeterminate to a determinate, “get tough” approach was examined in relation to changes in arrestee seriousness. Recommendations are made for other states to replicate the methodologies and analysis reported here, and for further research to be conducted on the impact of changing punishment policies on the seriousness of individuals arrested.

The complete article is available, upon request, courtesy of the Justice Research and Statistics Association.

Typology of Inter-Jurisdictional Offenders in Florida
October 2002
This study examines the spatial arrest patterns of repeat offenders in Florida to investigate the concept of "inter-jurisdictional offending." For the purposes of this study the Florida Statistical Analysis Center defined inter-jurisdictional as having arrests in two or more law enforcement jurisdictions or counties. The study found differences in the two groups examined. Inter-jurisdictional offenders tend to have longer criminal careers with more property arrests than intra-jurisdictional offenders. The study offers further evidence of the value of inter-agency cooperation and data sharing in the fight against crime.  (Available as PDF.)

Statewide Tracking of Domestic Violence Cases
January 1998
The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of creating a statewide program for tracking domestic violence cases in Florida. Twelve representatives from various organizations including, law enforcement, State Attorney’s office, Clerks of Court, Department of Corrections, Office of the State Courts Administrator, domestic violence centers, and university research programs, participated in a workgroup to identify the major issues and obstacles in developing a statewide tracking system. Through a series of formal meetings, the workgroup determined that creating such a system is feasible, presented eight recommendations related to creating the system, as well as an implementation plan. (Available in PDF or by mail.)
 

Florida Index Offenses 2011
September 2012




SACNotes (the FSAC Newsletter)


Index Crime Trends in Florida, 1999 - 2006 Summer 2009

Index Crime Trends in Florida, 1998 - 2005  Spring 2009

Firearm Crime in Florida, 1996-2007 Summer 2008

Florida Drug Offenders: A Comparison of Individuals Receiving State Prison vs. State Supervision, 1999 - 2000 Fall 2006



FSAC Presentations

Using Criminal History Data for Research Purposes presented at the JRSA 2007 National Conference

integrated Crime Research Information System (iCRIS)