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  SAC Spotlight: Washington

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.

Office of Financial Management, Forecasting and Research Division, Health and Human Services Section

Year Established: 1989

Number of Staff: 1 full-time and 2 part-time staff

About the SAC:
The Washington Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located in the Forecasting and Research Division of the Office of Financial Management, which is the governor's budget and policy office. The SAC was established by Executive Order in May 1989, with a mission of providing data, research, and analyses that inform the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of public policy. As a clearinghouse for criminal justice information, the SAC responds to queries on criminal justice issues from all levels of citizenry, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies. Other activities in which SAC staff are involved include staffing the Sentencing Guidelines Commission and Sex Offender Policy Board. Staff also participate in meetings of the technical advisory workgroup that advises the Caseload Forecast Council on its quarterly forecasts of the adult inmate, adult community supervision, and juvenile offender populations. In 2008 and 2010, the Washington SAC received the JRSA Website Award, which recognizes exemplary website design, functionality, and content.

The Washington SAC is funded through an annual grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Justice Statistics (SJS) program, with the state funding some additional staff time. Two current SAC staff also have responsibilities outside the SAC, including work on non-criminal justice topics. Due to limited staff resources, the Washington SAC has been focusing primarily on improving access to criminal justice data.

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