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Maryland Statistical Analysis Center 2016 SJS Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $206,437)

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 Maryland’s Statistical Analysis Center (MSAC) is located within the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), Maryland’s State Administering Agency (SAA). The MSAC works in conjunction with GOCCP, and is aligned programmatically with the state’s public safety priorities.

Under FY 2016 SJS program, the SAC will conduct four (4) projects: Three (3) Core Capacity and One (1) Special Emphasis project.

Under project one (1), the MSAC will team up with the University Of Maryland Medical Center, and the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, and conduct a study in order to determine the financial burden that violent crime has on the inpatient hospitals in Maryland, while looking for social and demographic relationships amongst patients admitted into Maryland hospitals for injuries resulting from violent crime. The final deliverable will be a report summarizing the data collected, the analysis conducted, and the findings. Findings will include a breakdown of the hospital charges and costs (in dollars) associated with different types of violent crime.

Under project two (2), the MSAC will design and implement a data driven approach to the distribution of funds, and the measurement of performance for all GOCCP administered Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants. Moving forward, GOCCP hopes that this project will help fill funding gaps, reach underserved victim populations, and provide meaningful data for future funding decisions.

Under Project three (3), the MSAC will evaluate the 10 Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs in Maryland. MSAC will conduct a quasi-experimental study to compare inmates with an opioid use-disorder, who voluntarily participated in a Maryland MAT program to inmates eligible for the program, but declined participation. The MAT program evaluation will be completed and published on the GOCCP website.

Under Project four (4), the MSAC will work with Choice Research Associates and Dr. Shawn Flower to conduct the first longitudinal study of desistance in a community corrections population from a group of 9,400 individuals since the 1970s. Leveraging the efforts of the overall desistance project, two studies on the impact of pretrial supervision and detainment on recidivism and failure to appear will be conducted – a pilot in Montgomery County including supervision levels and court conditions, and an expansion study to include at least three (3) additional counties. All of the proposed studies would link local administrative data to state CJIS criminal history data. This project is a multiyear effort. With the FY 2016 funding, the pretrial supervision pilot study from arrestees in Montgomery County will be conducted. The MSAC will seek additional funding in subsequent years to carry out the pretrial supervision expansion study and the desistance study of local corrections population. (CA/NCF)

Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.

Date Created: August 26, 2016