Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $50,000)
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 Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's (GJCC) Statistical Analysis Center will use funds to configure and launch a web-based clearinghouse of criminal justice information for the State. Criminal justice agencies in Georgia realize that information sharing is a vital component in driving policy. Integral to this end is an understanding of historical crime trends and the ability to analyze current crime data and research. The SAC has determined, with significant input from the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Corrections, and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, that an online clearinghouse of criminal justice data would be very beneficial to the State.
The development of the clearinghouse will be implemented in three phases: (1) perform an environmental scan including surveys and interviews to attain baseline information regarding criminal justice research conducted by State agencies, colleges/universities, and non-profit organizations; (2) conduct partnership meetings to identify information and research opportunities and define the parameters of the online clearinghouse; and, (3) develop the website and plan for the rollout of the research clearinghouse.