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2015 SAC Core and Special Emphasis Projects - Evaluation of Byrne JAG projects and Supreme Court Criminal Records Review

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $199,999)

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 SAC (LSAC) is the research division of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. The LSAC will conduct two SJS program projects. Under the Core Capacity area, the LSAC will provide an assessment and evaluation of the Byrne Justice Assistance (Byrne) grant in an effort to appraise effectiveness and efficiency in the utilization of the state’s federal block grant funds. Under the Special Emphasis area, the LSAC, in collaboration with the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Clerks of Court, will conduct a data quality assessment and develop a remediation program.

Care Capacity: The LSAC will develop new means to examine the effectiveness of Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces (MJTF) funded by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant administered by the State Administering Agency (SAA) through evaluation of current and past methods of data collected regarding operations of the funded programs. The LSAC will develop a detailed profile of the specific MJTF projects to perform a retrospective analysis of the projects' operations which will result in an outcome evaluation.

The LSAC will examine the impact those outcomes have had on the criminal justice system in the MJTFs jurisdictions and identify the data required for better analysis in the future for the development of improved data collections tools to conduct an overall evaluation of the project. The new evaluation tools will be developed and tested with the sub-grantees in order to support the evaluation of the projects prospectively, as well as help establish monitoring and evaluation protocols that will assist the SAA staff in improved project selection and outcomes. The evaluation process will lead to the creation of a best practices reference guide to be utilized by sub-grantees as well as the SAA staff in development of future projects, along with a database containing the evaluation data for future analysis by the LSAC.

Special Emphasis: The LSAC will collaborate with the Louisiana Supreme Court (LSC) and the Louisiana Clerks of Court to perform a data quality assessment and develop a remediation program. Louisiana has a long standing issue with the completeness and accuracy of criminal history record information. In an effort to address one specific area of concern, disposition and sentencing information accuracy, LSAC will partner with the LSC to perform a data quality assessment, determine the contributing factors, and make recommendations for error remediation. As part of this process, LSAC intends to execute a memorandum of understanding with the LSC to create a disposition/sentencing database for research and analytical purposes enhancing the LSAC’s ability to provide support for policy makers and legislators.


Date Created: August 28, 2015