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State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $60,808)

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 South Carolina Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Department of Public Safety, will use funds to complete tasks associated with the following projects: 1) collaborate with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to link data from the South Carolina Incident-Based Reporting System (SCIBRS) to information in the state's Computerized Criminal History Records to create a new dataset that contains more detailed criminal history information on individuals arrested for an incident involving the use of a firearm, specifically the degree to which a firearm was used by individuals currently prohibited from possessing one; 2) publish the annual "South Carolina Criminal and Juvenile Justice Trends" and "Crime in South Carolina" reports to describe the incidence of crime trends statewide by type and prevalence; 3) update with current SCIBRS data the state's annual five-year trend report on domestic violence, sexual violence, and drug arrests and produce a serial report on indicators of illegal drug use at the state and county levels for a five year period; 3) update with current SCIBRS data an annual five-year trend report on domestic violence, sexual violence, and drug arrests; 4) continue to collect and report on data for BJS's Arrest-Related Deaths data collection; 5) update and expand the SAC website to include links to additional criminal justice resources; and 6) facilitate and partially support a State Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all SAC projects to determine whether they involve human subjects or identifiable data elements relating to human subjects.


Date Created: August 7, 2013