Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $48,518)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each State's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each State to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the State, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their States.
The Alabama Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is housed in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Division within the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). The Alabama SAC will be conducting the following projects: (1) continue the process of creating an online reporting program to allow agencies to submit data in real time and be National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) compliant; and (2) continue to produce annual statistical publications proven useful to law enforcement officials, policymakers, academicians and the media: Crime in Alabama 2007, Domestic Violence in Alabama 2007, Juvenile Victims of Violent Crime in Alabama 2007, and Drug Arrests in Alabama 2007.
The SAC staff will continue to work with ACJIC's programming team to refine the UCR Local Template for Reporting and Analysis (ULTRA) application developed to allow law enforcement agencies to submit reports to the state UCR repository via the internet. This reporting application, including all of the required NIBRS data, will eventually be made available free-of-charge to all state law enforcement entities.
Once the new data collection instrument and the online ULTRA application are available, Alabama will begin collecting NIBRS compliant data whereupon after 6 months of data collection will begin test submissions to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).