Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $61,540)
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 Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), will conduct the following activities: (1) analyze arrest-related deaths that occurred from 2003-2012 in Oklahoma to identify possible characteristics and trends among the qualifying deaths and write a report of its findings; (2) maintain a presence on the OSBI website to highlight SAC activities and publications, specifically related to incident-based data; and (3) collect and report statewide data on deaths occurring in police custody, work with the state to develop policy and procedures governing research on deaths occurring while in law enforcement custody, and train additional staff on collecting and reporting data on the subject. Funding is also being requested for travel to attend a 2014 conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs.