Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $227,859)
The Oregon Statistical Analysis Center, which is housed at the Criminal Justice Commission, proposes two projects in its 2023 State Justice Statistics Grant Application. First, for its 2023 Core Capacity Building Project, the SAC requests funding to analyze and report on the long-range felony sentencing trends in the state. Entitled “Oregon Felony Sentencing Trends,” this proposed project is timely, as it will correspond with the state’s need to collect and share information that informs policy decisions and impacts of sentencing trends. The Oregon SAC will release the Oregon Felony Sentencing Trends Report by end of 2024. Second, the SAC proposes to conduct an analysis on racial/ethnic disparities in supervision outcomes at the county level. This will provide county level results to show the magnitude differences in supervision outcomes, as well statistically significant differences where appropriate. In addition, the project will further expand the capacity of the Oregon SAC to compile, analyze, and report on racial/ethnic disparities specific to supervision outcomes. This SJS 2023 project entitled, “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Supervision Outcomes” will provide relevant and timely outcome analyses for supervision populations. Further, criminal justice leaders recognize that the impact of racial/ethnic disparities in supervision outcomes is an important and previously understudied area of concern in Oregon. Importantly, this project will improve the state’s understanding of the impact of policy decisions on supervision outcomes.