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  SAC Spotlight: Georgia

Each SAC Spotlight focuses on one of the state Statistical Analysis Centers, with descriptions of the SAC's relationships with other state agencies, featured research projects and publications, and key personnel. By focusing on one SAC at a time, we hope to highlight the critical role they all play in analyzing justice information in their state and informing the development of sound public policy.

Location: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Year Established: 1992

Number of Staff: 4

About the SAC:
Georgia's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was created in 1992 by an Executive Order issued by former Governor Zell Miller. Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) was legislatively created in 1981 as the State Administering Agency (SAA), and the SAC has been a component of the CJCC since 1995. The SAC is the recipient of funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) of the U.S. Department of Justice, and is a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). As part of CJCC, the SAC facilitates all of the data collection and analysis activities for the Grants and Policy Division of the organization. The SAC also conducts independent research and evaluation to help the state make data-driven policy decisions about criminal justice and victim services issues.

The SAC supports the CJCC's planning initiatives and development of strategies to improve the criminal justice system in Georgia. It also supports the administration of federal grants by monitoring the performance of subgrantees and evaluating grant-funded programs. The SAC provides a forum for criminal justice researchers and analysts to communicate and disseminate statistical analysis reports and program evaluations. CJCC also uses statistical analysis and research to provide the public with a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

Core Functions

  • Coordinates data-sharing between criminal justice agencies in the State of Georgia

  • Conducts policy-related survey research and secondary data analysis for numerous criminal justice coordinating bodies in Georgia, such as the Accountability Court Funding Committee and the CJCC Governing Council

  • Conducts needs assessments and related research to support the CJCC's planning process

  • Conducts evaluations and manages data generated by federal grant-funded projects and programs; monitors performance of grant recipients

  • Creates reporting tools for CJCC subgrantees as well as criminal justice and victim services agencies

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