Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $73,000)
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 Pennsylvania Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), will use SJS funds to continue its efforts to enhance the PCCD website. SJS funds will support the creation of web-based interfaces that will allow users to run interactive, aggregate level data queries against Pennsylvania's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) flat files. This project will increase access to data and better position PCCD to meet its legislative mandate to serve as a clearinghouse and repository for adult and juvenile justice information. Additionally, the SAC will use SJS funds to create a performance scoreboard and digital dashboard to support the development and monitoring of key performance measurements for state and county level justice programs. This project will equip justice officials with additional tools to make informed, data-driven policy, programmatic, and budgetary decisions.