Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $49,953)
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 Wisconsin Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) intends to begin utilizing incident based reporting (IBR) data to prepare statistical reports to policy makers, practitioners, and the public for a better understanding of current trends in the justice system, as well as allow them to make more informed decisions. Although IBR data has been collected since 2005, the SAC has yet to prepare reports that analyze the rich data available through this system. The increase in IBR participation by law enforcement agencies has led to more detailed, accurate, and meaningful data and has the additional benefit of enabling agencies to find similarities in crime-fighting problems and encourage collaboration in developing strategies and solutions for addressing criminal justice issues. Six briefings will be prepared on current issues related to crime and justice and an overview of the most important trends and findings will be presented.