Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $65,986)
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 Montana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located within the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC), the designated state-wide administrative agency for all criminal justice Federal grants. The SAC will use SJS funds to advance its understanding of the prevalence of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the state. SJS funds will support comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses to investigate the reasons why patterns of DMC exist at various decision points within the state and assess the differences in DMC by county and decision point. The final deliverable will be a report outlining the findings and recommendations to assist in the development of effective intervention plans and strategies to address DMC. CA/NCF