Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $73,365)
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 Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, will use funds to complete tasks associated with the following projects: 1) the SAC will update its website to include a new interactive crime searching tool, revised Maryland crime reports, updated research and legislative reports, relevant GIS information, and CompStat resources. Additionally, the SAC will continue to assist local and state law enforcement agencies with electronic information-sharing efforts; 2) the SAC will assist state and local law enforcement agencies with the development and improvement of relevant performance measures to evaluate program outcomes; 3) the SAC will collect and submit to BJS data on deaths occurring in the process of arrest; 4) the SAC will work with the Family Violence Council and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services to provide mapping support to examine different types of victim services, funding, and issuance of protective orders across jurisdictions; and 5) the SAC will collaborate with stakeholders to identify a viable data source and develop a uniform strategy to better track, measure, and conduct research on human trafficking incidents throughout the state. Funds will also support the state's efforts to continue its core research portfolio which consists of providing analytic and statistical support for a wide range of reports and evaluations on initiatives taking place throughout the state.