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.
Under this award, the Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will use funds to continue collection and reporting of statewide deaths in custody data; and conduct research using incident-based reporting data. The research using incident-based reporting is directed at developing analytical reports for both consumers of the data (the SAC) and contributors (local law enforcement and the State Police). The reports will focus on the type of data that can be collected and analyzed that can not be obtained through summary Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) reporting. Reports will illustrate the expanded types of crime data reported through NIBRS, and how information on relationships between offenses, and offenders and victims can improve the overall understanding of the nature and circumstances of crime.