Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $66,647)
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 Alabama Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located within the Crime Statistics and Information (CSI) Division of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC). With this award, the Alabama SAC proposes to examine the nature and extent of Methamphetamine (Meth) use, arrests involving Meth, and the impact Meth arrests have on local law enforcement systems in the state. The SAC will use uniform crime reporting (UCR) data and stop-sale data derived from the NPLEx (National Precursor Log Exchange) system from 2011-2013 to conduct the study; as well as, work with the Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force to provide the Alabama Legislature a full and detailed assessment of all efforts to limit and ultimately eliminate the availability of ephedrine or ephedrine products to persons with the intent to use them for manufacturing methamphetamine. Study findings will be published in an online report to help Alabama's government and the public gain a better understanding of the nature of drug abuse and the geographical impact of Meth in Alabama. In addition, the SAC will continue to produce the following annual statistical publications that have proven useful to law enforcement officials, policymakers, academicians and the media: Crime in Alabama 2013, Domestic Violence in Alabama 2013, Juvenile Victims of Violent Crime in Alabama 2013, and Drug Arrests in Alabama 2013.