Georgia's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was created as a function of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in 1992 by an Executive Order of former Governor, Zell Miller and has been a component of the CJCC since 1995. The SAC is the recipient of funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice and is a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. As part of CJCC, the SAC supports all the data collection and analysis for the Grants and Policy Division of the organization, in addition to conducting independent research and evaluation to help the state make data-driven policy decisions about criminal justice and victim services issues.
In September 2012, a new Director was appointed to the Statistical Analysis Center. The Director reports to CJCC's Deputy Director and oversees two Analysts. The Statistical Analysis Center Advisory Committee guides the SAC's work and provides CJCC with knowledge and expertise from diverse areas of the criminal justice system. The Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from major agencies within the criminal justice system, helps to set priorities for SAC projects and facilitates coordination among criminal justice agencies collecting data.
The SAC supports the CJCC's planning and development of strategies and initiatives to improve the criminal justice system in Georgia. The SAC also supports the administration of federal grants through monitoring the performance of sub-grantees and program evaluation. 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.
- Conduct and disseminate statistical analysis on the criminal justice system and its component agencies (law enforcement, the courts, corrections, pardons and paroles)
- Coordinate and conduct research projects on criminal justice issues
- Conduct needs assessments and related research to support the CJCC's planning process
- Conduct evaluations and managing data of federal grant-funded projects and programs; monitor performance of grant recipients
- Creating reporting tools for CJCC subgrantees