Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $69,297)
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 Louisiana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will 1) conduct research and produce the latest version of "Crime in Louisiana" using incident-based reporting data; 2) conduct research on Louisiana's sentencing practices and make recommendations to help the Sentencing Commission and State Legislature make amendments to laws that represent a more structured sentencing policy; 3) participate in the Arrest Related Deaths Initiative and report data to BJS on a quarterly basis; and, 4) collect and report data on the Disproportionate Minority Contact of juvenile offenders, as well as produce reports on juvenile crime data for the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Board. Funding is also being requested for travel to attend a 2014 conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs.