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2020 Louisiana State Justice Statistics Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $190,769)

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 Louisiana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is the research division of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE). The mission of the SAC is to provide research and analytic support for policy development on significant criminal justice issues at all levels of government, while producing basic information for the public and policymakers on the operation of the state’s criminal justice system. LSAC is led by the acting SAC Director. The acting SAC Director is responsible for creating the research agenda, developing research protocols, collecting data, conducting analysis, and preparing reports for dissemination. Under this award, LSAC will conduct activities under the following Special Emphasis area: Analysis of state criminal history records. LSAC has been tasked with determining how the opioid crisis is affecting the state of Louisiana’s law enforcement. The initial study began with funding from the 2019 SJS-SAC Program to research how the increase of opioid use has affected the number of violent and property crime offenses in Louisiana. Additional funding is being requested to continue the study. Partnering with five state universities representing different regions of the state, LCLE will explore the opioid epidemic impacts on criminal justice system communities in Louisiana. LSAC will research how the opioid epidemic has affected the court system, family lifestyle and medical personnel. A report on the opioid epidemic will be released to Louisiana’s policymakers with valuable information on how this problem is impacting the state’s criminal justice system. Funds are also requested to pay for management and program support personnel, who will perform coordination and monitoring activities, including programmatic oversight. A tablet and office supplies will be purchased for SAC staff to use during opioid discussions. Travel funds will be used for in-state travel and for the SAC staff to attend SAC-focused conferences or meetings in 2020 or 2021. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 16, 2020