Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $50,000)
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.
Under this award, the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center (ISAC) plans to complete several activities: (1) retool the ISAC website by posting crime publications and creating a dashboard to display crime trends and performance measures data; (2) produce a report using Idaho incident-based reporting data to determine the amounts and types of drugs seized, per county, within the state; (3) conduct a study to determine if driver behavior changes in areas where roadway construction is underway and the presence of law enforcement is visible; and, (4) provide technical assistance in developing data collection and survey instruments, analysis of data, charting, graphing, and the preparation of reports.
The SAC will continue to assist many Idaho criminal justice agencies and educational institutions in these efforts. Funds are also requested for travel to attend a 2014 conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs.