Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $59,998)
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 Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) plans to conduct projects under the following 2012 SJS themes: 1) Performance Measurement and 2) Statewide Crime Victimization Surveys. The SAC plans to develop a series of research briefs based on data from both the baseline state-level crime victimization survey conducted in 2006 (released in 2007) and the 2010 survey (released in 2011). The briefs will examine the characteristics of victims of Maine, the link of stalking to sexual assault and violent crime, and the characteristics of identity theft in Maine to see how these areas differ over time. The SAC also intends to develop and disseminate a data book which will highlight state justice trends and performance, as well as provide a first-ever analysis of overall homicide trends and develop a special section on homicide in Maine. The data book will be published and provided to high level criminal justice policy and decision makers and stakeholders for use in developing best practices and public policy for the state.