Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $60,000)
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 (CJCC), will use SJS funds to advance the District's efforts to collect and analyze data across its juvenile justice system. SJS funds will be used to complete activities associated with the following objectives: 1) identify and outline the juvenile justice data currently being analyzed across the various initiatives operating within the District; 2) complete quantitative research for projects associated with juvenile justice system activities taking place across the District; 3) identify best practices nationwide for conducting comparative analyses across initiatives; and 4) conduct objective analyses to facilitate planning processes and policy development. The SAC will produce comprehensive scholarly reports that detail the identified juvenile justice trends and white papers that outline trends and recommendations to help inform stakeholders and policymakers on evidence-based practices correlated with reductions in juvenile crime.