The Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) serves as the research arm of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. The SAC was created to collect, analyze, and report on the state of criminal justice issues in Arizona by evaluating programs and policies as requested by Arizona Criminal Justice Commission or required by statute for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. The SAC contributes to statewide policy development in numerous areas by providing statistical research and analysis of the criminal justice system in Arizona. The SAC is the statewide equivalent of the national Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and is an active member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA).
In addition to research responsibilities, the SAC facilitates the sharing of information and data about Arizona's criminal justice systems to policymakers, practioners, and the general public. For this purpose, the SAC oversees a Community Data Portal (CDP) that provides access to a variety of measures of justice system and related activity. The CDP's web-based is an interactive tool that allows users to create maps, data tables, charts, and graphs that are specific to the users' needs.
Finally, the SAC enhances the overall efficiency, accuracy, and timely accessibility to criminal history records and data for criminal justice practitioners at local, county and state levels. This area is supported through National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and Criminal Justice Records Improvement Program (CJRIP) grants and works with stakeholders to assess, determine and develop implementation strategies for criminal history record improvement throughout the state. This program area also oversees the forensic crime laboratory and jail enhancement projects.
Below is a list of current projects the Statistical Analysis Center spearheads:
Arizona Youth Survey
Annual Sexual Assault Report
Arizona Gang Threat Assessment
Fill the Gap Report