Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $59,142)
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 Hawaii Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in the Research & Statistics Branch, Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division, of the Department of the Attorney General. The Research & Statistics Branch is Hawaii's primary source of data, analyses, and other objective information on the nature and extent of crime in Hawaii. Branch publications such as the annual "Crime in Hawaii Uniform Crime Report" and a wide variety of specialized crime-related studies provide critical, comprehensive data and analyses to the criminal justice community, academic institutions, and the general public. Staff also provide technical assistance to other criminal justice agencies and serve on several crime-related committees.
Under this award, the SAC will conduct activities under the following Core Capacity area: Measuring criminal justice system performance. The proposed project involves the creation of a statistical reporting engine and an initial batch of on-demand report templates in one of Hawaii's existing repositories containing administrative data on adult criminal offenders being supervised in the community. The project will expand the SAC's research capacity by automating some functions (e.g. data compilation) that would otherwise be very time-consuming to do manually. Members of Hawaii's Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions will be able to generate statistical reports from the repository at any time. The new functionality will also yield data for the SAC to perform state-level and more complex analyses, which have not been possible due to competing priorities and a lack of time-saving technology. Funding is also being requested for travel to attend the NCJA conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs.