Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $69,086)
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 Nevada Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), will use funds to assess levels of violence in Nevada schools, evaluate the impact of the School Violence Initiative (SVI), and establish guidelines for implementing violence reduction programs. Specifically, the SAC will complete four primary analyses: 1) examine school violence incident data to measure overall levels of violence, compare differences across schools, and identify trends over time; 2) evaluate the effectiveness of the SVI by examining violence trends prior to and after implementation of the SVI to assess the impact of this intervention; 3) measure the spatial, tactical, and/or crime type displacement or diffusion of benefits effects of the SVI; and 4) develop recommended guidelines for general standards that can be used to establish school violence programs across the state.