Resident Corrections Analysts Initiative
Corrections agencies allocate significant time on a daily basis for collecting data to track their populations. They also invest large sums of money in building and maintaining data management systems to warehouse that data.
At the same time, corrections leaders regularly make high-stakes population management decisions using the best information available to them in the moment. And they develop long-term plans and advocate to policymakers to support them with funding, staffing, and other resources.
However, many agencies lack staff time and resources to proactively use the data they collect to regularly inform their operations and provide decision-makers with meaningful data analysis that synthesizes collected data with system trends to inform these types of important decisions.
How We Can Help
As part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is working with the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance to place data analysts in residence at state departments of corrections (DOCs). The analysts will help those agencies develop their data analysis capacity and increase the utility of data for decision-making while also building the corrections analyst workforce.
The analysts help DOC leadership build out their data infrastructure and more fully integrate the use of data analysis practices, tools, and reporting into their daily operations and management. This helps DOC staff better understand their systems and use data-driven decision-making to improve outcomes for people under their charge, increase safety, and plan more efficiently.
Please reach out to Sara Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the project.
This project was supported by Grant No. 15PBJA-21-GK-04348-JRIX awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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