Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $57,228)
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 Washington Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in the Human Services Section of the Washington State Office of Financial Management's (OFM) Forecasting Division. The SAC will use SJS funds to create a comprehensive database containing reliable data on the juvenile declination process. The SAC will collect the relevant data from multiple state-level agencies, including the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Corrections, and the Children's Family Court, to document the decline process, merge data and validate records, and analyze the trends occurring in the subject population. Data that will be collected include, but are not limited to, demographic data, sentencing data, charging data, and type of decline. The SAC will produce and make available on its website the complete dataset, briefing paper describing the analyses results, and presentation materials for stakeholders.