Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $72,646)
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 Illinois Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will use funds to develop a new web-based analysis tool to allow users to explore patterns of prior criminal history of prisoners admitted to the Illinois Department of Corrections over the last decade. The Adult Criminal History Analysis Tool can assist the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council in answer the central questions regarding impact of current and future sentencing policies on scarce correctional resources. The SAC will also continue to compile reports from local police agencies on deaths occurring in the process or pursuit of arrest pursuant to the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-297) and submit data quarterly to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.