Criminal Justice

Helping campuses comply with safety and security requirements and collecting campus crime data

Releasing campus crime statistics plays a key role in increasing awareness of campus crime, and informing students and employees about how their college’s security policies help to promote campus...

Understanding the racial and ethnic differences in the needs and services of young offenders

Many youth in the U.S. juvenile justice system have untreated mental health or substance abuse issues, which can intensify when they are released. With funding from the National Institute...

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...

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...

Keeping track of conditions of jails in Indian Country

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asked Westat to conduct a census of all jails and detention facilities operated by Tribes or the Bureau of Indian Affairs every year...

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...

Helping to stop sexual assaults of youth in custody

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) asked Westat to conduct the National Survey of Youth in Custody in 2008-09 and 2012. In 2016, BJS selected Westat to conduct this...