Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $60,000)
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 New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center (NMSAC) is requesting funds to continue the collection of data for the Arrest-Related Deaths program and provide the information to BJS annually. The NMSAC also plans to conduct a study to show the effectiveness of programming on female inmates. The NMSAC will look at women's risks and needs and their participation in in-prison programs. SAC Staff will explore which programs female inmates participate in, their completion rates, and which characteristics are associated with programming utilization overall and by program. Using different measures of recidivism, the SAC will also examine the recidivism rates of women who participate in programming as compared to those who do not. Findings will be published in a report to assist policymakers and the New Mexico Corrections Department with developing state level policy and planning around prison programming.