Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $189,140)
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 Kentucky Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was officially transferred from the Office of the Attorney General to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (KJPSC), Office of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, in March 2000. Because of the SAC's placement within the KJPSC, the research efforts and daily operations are directly linked to the Cabinet's policy and planning goals as well as other statewide and national efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on topics that impact law enforcement and criminal justice efforts.
Under this award, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) will conduct activities under the following Core Capacity area: Measuring criminal justice system performance, and Special Emphasis area: Conducting a statewide crime victimization survey. The SAC will use funds to: (1) support additional efforts towards data collection and increased availability in addition to analysis and outcome evaluation by working in partnership with the State Administering Agency (SAA) to reform and evaluate the victim service grants process, and (2) conduct the 6th iteration of the statewide victimization survey. This activity is intended to generate incident- and attribute-based data regarding criminal victimization experiences among members of Kentucky's population (information which is not available from other sources). The survey will be administered via mail to a random sample of registered voters, as well as to a sample of those individuals receiving emergency shelter from agencies recognized by the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness. Project activities will include the design, administration, and evaluation of the survey, as well as the distribution of its final results in a written format. Funds are also requested for the SAC Research Coordinator to attend the 2015 NCJA Conference where JRSA will facilitate a track for the SACs. (CA/NCF)