Current Research Projects

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

The SAC is leading research and analysis on the following research projects:

  • State Drug Enforcement Strategy Needs Assessment - CJCC concluded a needs assessment project to assess the nature of drug use and crime, and its effect on the criminal justice system. The SAC employed surveys, interviews, and secondary data analysis to determine drug of choice in the state, needs for substance abuse treatment and criminal justice response to drug crime, as well as next steps for continued data analysis and monitoring.
  • Statewide Accountability Court Funding Use and Needs Survey: The Georgia Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is pleased to release the final report of the 2013 Statewide Accountability Court Funding Use and Needs Survey. In June 2013, SAC launched a project to survey and interview judges and court coordinators on behalf of the Accountability Court Funding Committee. The goal was to determine current needs for services and funding in Georgia's state-funded accountability courts. Data analysis found that courts are operating at 85% capacity-in part due to staff and treatment shortages. Offenders attending accountability courts face significant barriers, which may preclude some eligible participants from receiving the assistance they need. Such barriers include a lack of readily accessible transportation, housing, and employment. 

As a unit within the state administering agency, the SAC manages research contracts with diverse private and university partners using CJCC federal formula money for the following projects:

With Applied Research Services:  

  • Impact Evaluation of CJCC-Funded Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Forces: At the end of 2014, Applied Research Services completed a report about the impact that multi-jurisdictional drug task forces have had on drug crime in Georgia. Findings of note include:

    • Drug task force member agencies felt their task forces had high levels of collaboration, their commanders were particularly effective, and they felt their work was meaningfully affecting drug crime;

    • When comparing counties with and without taskforces, those with drug taskforces had higher arrest rates for young, violent, chronic offenders with long drug distribution histories;

    • Survey respondents and interviewees stated their greatest concern was funding and sustainability;

    • The presence of a drug task force in counties did not seem to have an effect on total violent or property arrest rates.