Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $34,785)
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 Connecticut Statistical Analysis Center (CTSAC) is located within the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (CTOPM). The CTSAC will be conducting one core capacity project (collect and analyze data from various state agencies) to increase access to statistical data.
The CTSAC will use SJS funds to build capacity by collecting, managing, and analyzing data from various agencies which will be now maintained at the CTSAC and CTOPM. The CTSAC will collect and analyze the following topic information: arrests, arraignments, continuances, diversionary programs, victim and prosecutor relationship, dispositions, non-judicial sanctions, plea agreements, trial cases, demographics, court fees and fines, and restitution amounts. Project activities for the one-year award include: 1) establishing data sharing agreements with state agencies; 2) evaluating data elements (modes, volume, quality, and timeliness) to be collected; 3) developing an internal capacity to capture, store and manage the data; 4) staff training; 5) analyzing the incoming datasets; 6) and reporting the findings.