Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $67,926)
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 Virginia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Department of Criminal Justice Services Criminal Justice Research Center, will use SJS funds to complete the following activities: 1) conduct research using NIBRS data to inform criminal justice and law enforcement officials about where specific crime patterns are occurring, the characteristics of these crimes, and whether crime rates are increasing or decreasing; 2) identify, gather, and analyze indicators of human trafficking to examine the prevalence of the issue within the state, including the response of the justice system; 3) identify, gather, and analyze indicators of substance abuse to examine the prevalence of the issue in the state; and 4) continue efforts to collect and submit to BJS data on deaths occurring in the pursuit or process of arrest. The SAC's findings will be presented to criminal justice and law enforcement officials and policymakers to inform the development and maintenance of grant programs, provide training and technical assistance, and inform policy and planning decisions.