Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $64,506)
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 New Hampshire Statistical Analysis Center (NHSAC) is located within the New Hampshire Department of Justice. The NHSAC will use FY20 SJS funds for one core capacity project to increase access to statistical data through an upgrade New Hampshires NIBRS system. The NIBRS Beyond 2020 Repository is outdated and in need of enhancements to the electronic infrastructure to improve the systems capabilities and capacity. Through NH state assessment of the NIBRS Beyond 2020 system, the system currently lacks clarity and does not have the function to provide statistical reports that are detailed and informative to better understand the states crime data. The NIBRS Beyond 2020 Repository system is located at the Division of State Police, under the New Hampshire Department of Safety. The upgrades to the NIBRS Beyond 2020 system includes purchasing a reporting segment that is capable of generating three pre-designed themes related to statistics gathered on drugs/DUI, violent crime, and property crime. The themed reports will contain statistical data for the user in the form of a variety of graphs separated into tables for users to better understand the states statistical crime reported data. Data will be able to be viewed by year of offense, geographical location, or by agency.
With the NIBRS system upgrade, users will be able to create pre-designed, visual, summary reports with multiple interactive tables. The upgrade project will enhance the analytical capabilities of the NHSAC and allow users to collect, analyze and interpret data on criminal justice issues, creating a more informative, transparent, and user-friendly system.