Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $56,533)
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 Ohio Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) located in the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) will carry out the following activities: 1) identify, collect, and report information to BJS on arrest-related deaths that occur annually in the state; 2) continue to make enhancements to the OCJS website to provide the public with the latest research, evaluation, and statistics; 3) continue to generate reports using Ohio's incident-based reporting system; 4) collaborate with the anti-human trafficking coordinator in the state to create, administer, and analyze a survey to better understand the current state of the anti-human trafficking response in Ohio in terms of service delivery, investigation and prosecution, and identify resources available for victims of human trafficking and map these resources to determine where there are gaps in service; 5) continue to serve as an information clearinghouse handling information requests for OCJS; 6) collect and analyze data on prescription drug investigations and arrests from drug tasks forces throughout the state and present the findings to the Ohio Task Force Commander's Association; and 7) work with the Ohio Consortium on Crime Science (OCCS) to assess requests for criminal justice assistance from local agencies, identify researchers in OCCS who can provide expertise, and oversee the researcher-practitioner partnership that develops to work on the issue. (ca/ncf)