Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $69,070)
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.
Under this award, the Florida SAC (SAC) will utilize SJS funds to examine two areas identified as priority areas of concern in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Statewide Investigative Strategy: human trafficking and drug trafficking with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals. The SAC will develop a methodology and create datasets to support statewide strategic planning and trend monitoring for both specified crimes as a model for future operational data mining endeavors. Specifically, the SAC will evaluate case history for human and drug trafficking events to document which events are captured in the state's criminal history records. Previous experience in data matching to other state operational information systems will be drawn upon to explore potential gaps in Florida's criminal history files for these crimes and the completeness of records will be assessed once the individuals are matched across information systems. The SAC will produce and provide to policymakers a detailed report outlining the study findings and recommendations.