Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $58,803)
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 Nevada SAC will conduct the first crime victimization survey of Nevada residents in order to evaluate crime in a manner that is complimentary to information collected by police.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program data, Nevada's violent crime rate increased over 20% between 2000 and 2005. During this same period, the national violent crime rate decreased 8%. Although UCR data provide important insight into Nevada's crime problem, it is limited in that the data contain information on only those crimes reported to police which is about half of that estimated by the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Also, the UCR data are aggregated counts of crime events in that they do not provide important information associated with a crime such as incident, victim, and offender characteristics. This survey will generate a significant amount of additional information on criminal victimizations far surpassing the depth and breadth of that provided by the UCR.