Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $49,518)
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 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will utilize SJS funds to support personnel costs for a Statistical Analyst who will be responsible for managing the administrative functions of the SJS grant and assisting the SAC Director in all phases of the planning and development of SAC projects. The Analyst's primary responsibility will be to collect, compile, and analyze criminal justice data for dissemination through the Criminal Justice Planning Agency website and the publication of the CNMI Justice Bulletin and the CNMI Crime Report. The CNMI Crime Report is a compilation of data that provides a comprehensive overview of crime patterns that depict when and where crime is likely to occur (month, time of day, day of week, and geographical location), demographic information about persons arrested (age, ethnicity, and sex), and types of crime committed. The SAC's goal is to publish the CNMI Crime Report two times a year. Additionally, the SAC will publish the CNMI Criminal Justice Bulletin on a quarterly basis to provide a snapshot of crime trends occurring within the Territory. Data obtained for the reports will be posted to the SAC website to inform the public about current crime trends and patterns. All reports will be shared with local criminal justice agencies, policymakers, and stakeholders.