Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $79,288)
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 Pennsylvania Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), will use SJS funds to develop two new digital dashboards to continue its efforts to inform real-time decision-making by justice officials and policymakers and provide ready access to key justice performance indicators. First, funds will be used to compile and develop indicators on the Commonwealth's victim services programs to provide administrators with a better understanding of service trends, help staff to anticipate service loads by programs, geographic area, and providers, and inform executives on budgetary decisions. Second, funds will be used to create a quarterly file exchange between the Pennsylvania State Police fingerprint records and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts offense records to support an integrated data file that can be used to populate the digital fingerprint compliance dashboard and actively display the status of fingerprint compliance by jurisdiction.