Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $71,481)
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 Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) has served as the designated state criminal justice planning and program development agency since 1968. It is also the state administering agency (SAA) for federal criminal justice grants. MBCC provides policy analysis to the Governor, Legislature, and law enforcement agencies at the local and state level to use in developing and evaluating criminal and juvenile justice policies and issues.
Under the FY 20 SJS project, the Montana SAC will create hybrid incident based data sets by combining NIBRS and victim services data sets that then publishing them through a Tableau dashboard to provide a more comprehensive data set for state funding decisions, as well as guides to victim services for Montanans impacted by crime.