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Capacity Building: Enhancing UCR Data and Special Emphasis: Assessing Criminal History Data for Recidivism and Evaluations.

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $206,397)

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 Wisconsin SAC, as part of the Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis (BJIA), is located within the Division of Law Enforcement Services (DLES) at the Department of Justice (WIDOJ). The SAC will be conducting a Core Capacity and a Special Emphasis projects as part of the 2015 SJS program.

Under the 2015 SJS Core Capacity area, WIDOJ will conduct a two-year project which will build on capacity by enhancing the work of the SAC in the quality and access of Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data. Funds are being award for the first year to enhance the quality and availability of UCR data for policy makers and the community to support evidence-based decision making through the development of data quality reports. Reports will be developed for both local agencies and the SAC and will be part of the initial foundation for the development of a UCR audit program at the state level. The reports will be developed for both Summary Based Reporting (SBR) and Incident Based Reporting (IBR) data since the state is still receiving data from both agencies in both formats. The emphasis will be on IBR data as this is the longer-term direction of the UCR program. The reports will be designed for internal UCR staff and law enforcement agencies. The development of these reports will be the first step in the creation of an audit program for the Wisconsin UCR program. With the development of the data quality reports, the state program will be in a position to more effectively communicate with agencies about the potential areas of concern in addition to assist in the identification of targeted areas to focus on in reviewing data from particular agencies. The second year of the project proposes to expand the availability of UCR data by adding a public-facing component to the new UCR web application to display interactive charts and tables of UCR data, with a focus on IBR.

Under the 2015 SJS Special Emphasis area, WIDOJ will conduct a two-year project to evaluate and utilize the criminal history repository to track arrests for the purpose of recidivism and related analysis. This award will fund year one to develop an initial pilot project to explore the feasibility of using criminal history data and related sources to track arrests and out-of-state convictions as recidivistic events, using a sample of sex offenders released from custody by the Department Of Corrections (DOC). The pilot project would include a comparison to other existing statewide data systems such as the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP), PROsecutor Technology for Case Tracking (PROTECT), and other comparable systems. These activities will be coordinated with a current NCHIP awarded project to look at the quality of the data in the state’s criminal history program. Based on the results of the year one activities, year two proposes to develop a process to use the criminal history data to track arrests and related outcomes for the evaluation of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program, which includes both treatment courts and diversion programs in 35 counties and tribes across the state.


Date Created: September 16, 2015