Kentucky Statistical Analysis Center
The State Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is a network of criminal justice agencies or units supported in part by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to enhance the capabilities of the states to collect, analyze, and interpret data on relevant issues and provide a mechanism for sharing data among states and the federal government. There are SACs in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers offers technical and financial support to States to establish and maintain a state-level capacity to collect, analyze and report statistics on crime and justice in order to contribute to effective state policies and programs and to participate in national data series. Through the creation of Statistical Analysis Centers, or SAC's, the Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages analyses of evolving criminal justice topics of interest within the states, using data gathered from State and local agencies, and promotes statistical inquiries into improved measures of crime incidence and prevalence.
This network of SACs is maintained through governing membership in the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit professional organization of state SAC directors, researchers, and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations who are committed to providing accurate and timely information in support of sound policy development in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice.
Kentucky's Statistical Analysis Center is authorized by KRS 15.280 and located in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Interested organizations may learn more about the national SAC program at http://jrsa.org/ and http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=48
||About the Statistical Analysis Center
Goals and Objectives:
- To improve the quality and usefulness of criminal justice statistics and research results that are disseminated to citizens, public agencies, and private agencies in Kentucky by:
- Conducting periodic needs assessments of criminal justice agencies;
- Analyzing offender-based tracking data;
- Conducting specialized studies that use statistical data which are presently maintained by state and local agencies in Kentucky; and
- Supporting the implementation of a statewide Unified Criminal Justice Information System.
- Increase the ability of statistical users to translate data and research results into practice by publishing research results and statistical data that are requested by criminal justice agencies.
- Improve the relationship between citizens and criminal justice agencies of Kentucky by conducting citizen surveys of the needs, attitudes, and behavior relating to crime and justice.
- Strengthen the relationship between the Kentucky criminal justice agencies and the national Bureau of Justice Statistics, United State Department of Justice, by:
- Providing justice statistics to the Bureau of Justice Statistics as required; and
- Serving as a clearing house for Bureau of Justice Statistics materials.