Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $74,988)
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 West Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Justice and Community Services (DCJS), the state criminal justice planning agency. The SAC will use SJS funds to complete activities related to three projects: 1) continue serving as the state point-of-contact for Arrests-Related Deaths and conduct follow-up research on each death reported by the Chief Medical Examiner; 2) develop performance measures and create an electronic means for submission of performance outcomes for programs that target domestic violence and violence against women, violence reduction, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and juvenile delinquency; and 3) evaluate the efficacy of state-funded day report centers to manage, treat, and properly supervise offenders released into the community.