Criminal Justice

Juvenile delinquency. Victimization. Sexual assault. Probation. Parole. These are tough topics that require hard statistics. Westat conducts research on crime characteristics and trends so that policymakers can develop actionable solutions to criminal justice problems.

Project Highlights

Examining sexual assault in the military

As part of its efforts to monitor and prevent sexual assault in the military, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey (WGRS) of...

Improving national sexual assault statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has hired Westat to test different methods for collecting self-reports of sexual assault, a crime that has proved difficult to measure in surveys...

Surveying community corrections

Every year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducts the Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole (ASPP), collecting data from more than 500 federal, state, and local agencies across...

Surveying students about campus sexual assault

Sexual assault and misconduct are growing concerns on college and university campuses across the country. Surveys have found that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted during their...