Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $75,291)
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 Vermont Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in Vermont Center for Justice Research administered by the Norwich Studies and Analysis Institute. The SAC will use SJS funds to complete activities to support two state initiatives currently being implemented. The first project will support activities related to the evaluation of the state's Integrated Domestic Violence Docket, an initiative aimed at the timely arraignment of cases, provision of mental health and substance abuse assessments, high intensity supervision, and intermediate sanctions for technical probation violations. The SAC will contribute to this project by conducting a process evaluation and a comprehensive statewide cost-benefit analysis of the criminal justice system. The SAC's second project will support the implementation of an innovative "Quick Hit" pilot project to reduce recidivism. Specifically, the SAC will: 1) develop a knowledge base of evidence-based practices to serve as the basis of the "Quick Hit" initiative; 2) conduct a preliminary outcome evaluation of the program; and 3) conduct a process evaluation.