Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $73,050)
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 West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS), the state criminal justice planning agency. The SAC will use SJS funds to complete activities related to three projects: 1) continue to serve as the state point-of-contact for the Arrests-Related Deaths program, conduct follow-up research on each death reported by the Chief Medical Examiner, and report data to BJS; 2) assess the impact of the West Virginia Offender Reentry Initiative's impact of pre-release programming on prisoner outcomes and examine factors that predict recidivism rates; and 3) support the implementation of an online or web-based state Level of Service/Case-Management Inventory system to provide an online standardized risk and needs assessment tool to help guide decisions on sentencing, supervision, and treatment of offenders entering the system and returning to the community. CA/NCF