Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $223,963)
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 SACs placement within the KJPSC, the research efforts and daily operations are directly linked to the Cabinets 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. Marjorie Stanek is the SAC Research Coordinator and is responsible for the SACs day-to-day operations and major research projects.
Under this award, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinets Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center (CJSAC) will conduct activities under the following Core Capacity area: Collecting and analyzing data on criminal justice system processes, and Special Emphasis area: Use of administrative or operational criminal justice data. The first phase of the project, which is being requested under the Core Capacity area, will allow the CJSAC to create a dataset of all cases that were reviewed by the Parole Board, the outcomes, and specifics of the offender and offense. It is expected that this will then be linked with additional sources of administrative and case management data, such as the Kentucky Incident-Based Reporting System and KY OPS, both housed at the Kentucky State Police, and information from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The ability to pair new sources of data with the existing information that is contained in the Parole Boards information management system and the Kentucky Offender Management System (KOMS) will increase access to administrative and operational data and will allow for a better understanding of the Parole Board processes and outcomes. At present, this information is not easily available, and it is a vital first step to identifying how re-entry and the associated supervision processes operate within the Commonwealth.
The Special Emphasis Project is being requested to build upon the core capacity data linkage project. The CJSAC will use the created data set to identify outcomes (e.g. re-arrest, return to custody, additional charges, deferment/serve out, revocation, etc.) for those who appeared before the Parole Board. The project will take place over 18-months, and will provide evidence that will help Kentucky and other states to more effectively direct scarce funding, improve the translation of evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions, and will provide a mechanism by which the performance of various substance abuse treatment efforts within the criminal justice system can be assessed.
Project management costs will be covered with program funds. Additionally, funds are requested for in-state project travel and for the SAC Director to attend the annual ASUCRP Conference, as well as one of the JRSA regional meetings.