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Alaska Crime Data Dashboards

Award Information

Award #
2019-86-CX-K013
Location
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2019
Total funding (to date)
$192,895

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $79,083)

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 Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) was established in 2015, with a mission to compile, analyze, and report on criminal justice topics to policymakers, and practitioners in order to improve public safety, to increase criminal justice system accountability, and to reduce recidivism. In 2017, AJiC merged with the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), which was designated as Alaska's statistical analysis center by Administrative Order No. 89, signed by Governor Bill Sheffield on July 2, 1986. The AJSAC was declared responsible for assisting Alaska criminal justice agencies and state and local governments and officials by maintaining data and researching available information systems; providing advice and service related to technical and procedural problems involving statistical analysis of justice data; developing methods and conducting statistical analyses; responding to requests for justice information; and providing Alaska representation to the programs and offices the U.S. Department of Justice and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA).

Under the 2019 SJS program, the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) will conduct a project that increases access to statistical data by creating dynamic, interactive data visualizations and data downloads. Specifically, the project will extract, and make electronically available, data from two (2) previously-published reports by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS): 1) Crime in Alaska, an annual summary of state Uniform Crime Reports data, 2) Offender Profile, an annual summary of correctional populations. Additionally, the AJSAC will extract, and make electronically available, data from the previously-published report by The Alaska Court System (ACS): 1) The Alaska Court System Annual Report, a summary of state court statistics. Each of these sources is currently published as a static PDF, often as a very large and difficult-to-navigate file. This project will enhance accessibility to these valuable, previously published public data while building the Alaska Justice Information Center’s capacity to create and publish modern data visualizations.

(CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 16, 2019