Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $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 District of Columbia SAC located in the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will use funds to research, analyze, and document the effects of gun legislation and gun prevention initiatives for the purpose of assessing such legislation and initiatives effect on gun-related crimes occurring in the District. The SAC will collect, analyze, and report on the arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of gun-related offenses. The analysis of this data will be used to measure changes and trends in criminal activity at the neighborhood, ward or Police Service Area level that can be directly or indirectly related to guns. The purpose is to provide research-based results on the extent to which more or less restrictive gun laws and initiatives have had an impact in the District.