Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $70,946)
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 Wyoming Statistical Analysis Center (WYSAC), housed in the University of Wyoming, proposes to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the parolee treatment protocols developed by the Treatment Workgroup of the Wyoming Transition from Prison to Community (TPC) Taskforce. WYSAC will select a scientific representative sample of parolees who leave prison with continuing treatment recommendations and track that sample released into communities over a 10 month period (August 2013 - May 2014). Aside from the qualitative data WYSAC will gather on the strengths and challenges of treatment programs, staff will also collect information on: 1) type of treatment parolees received, 2) count and calendar frequency of treatment episodes, and 3) type of treatment provider (WDOH-funded (Wyoming Department of Health) or private clinicians). Project findings will be compiled into a report with recommendations and conclusions that will be distributed to the Wyoming Departments of Corrections and Health, as well as other policymakers and stakeholders throughout Wyoming to provide answers to critical questions on whether or not community-based reentry programs are attaining their intended implementation goals. Funds will also be used for in-state travel expenses for interviews and collecting data, as well as travel to attend a 2014 conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs.