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Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center
The mission of the Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center is to collect, analyze, and publish criminal justice research and statistics to assist in ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Oklahoma.
Statistical Analysis Centers are units or agencies at the state government level that use operational, management, and research information from all components of the criminal justice system to conduct objective analyses of statewide and system wide policy issues. Currently, there are SACs in 53 states and territories. The SACs vary in their placement within state government structures. Some are within a criminal justice or general state planning or coordinating agency, some are part of a governor's advisory staff, and others are located in a line agency such as the state police, attorney general's office, or department of corrections. There are several housed in universities.
This diversity is also reflected in the SACs' roles and activities in their respective states. Some of the SACs concentrate on collecting and distribution specific criminal justice-related data sets, others are involve in active research on policy issues, and some have been instrumental in the design and implementation of various policies and automated information systems. The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) biannually comile the SAC Publication Digest and maintains the Infobase of State Activities and Research (ISAR) which catalogs SAC activities.
The Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is housed in the Office of Criminal Justice Statistics at OSBI. The SAC serves as the clearinghouse for state criminal justice information for Oklahoma and is the central point of contact for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. In addition to answering research requests, staff work on several grant projects throughout the year. SAC projects are partially funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The Oklahoma Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) was created August 1, 1989. Since then, the Oklahoma SAC has been housed at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, and the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center. In 2009, the Oklahoma SAC was moved to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Functions of the Oklahoma SAC can be found in 22 O.S. § 1517 and are as follows:
- Provide a clearinghouse for criminal justice information;
- Provide a central contact point for federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies;
- Provide technical assistance for all criminal justice agencies of this state;
- Provide consultation for criminal justice agencies of this state in preparing reports, gaining funding, or preparing information;
- Obtain information from criminal justice agencies in this state for analyses of criminal justice issues;
- Collect and analyze criminal justice data;
- Produce reports for state and local criminal justice agencies;
- Facilitate information networking between criminal justice agencies;
- Attend meetings concerning criminal justice issues;
- Represent this state at national meetings including, but not limited to, meetings or conferences of criminal justice statistics associations of other states;
- Assist in developing resources for the criminal justice system;
- Address pertinent issues related to prevention and intervention programs;
- Provide assistance to the State Crime Stoppers Association;
- Create and publish by December 1 each year a uniform reporting standard for citing state criminal statutes to be used in reporting information to and from all criminal justice information systems within this state. The uniform reporting standard shall be developed in consultation with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Corrections, the District Attorneys Council, the Department of Public Safety through the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System Division, and the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The uniform reporting standard shall be used by all criminal justice information systems and shall be the standard for reporting arrests, criminal and juvenile delinquency charges, charge and case dispositions, custody records, and any other record purporting to identify a criminal history record or information relating to arrests, charges, custody, adjudication, conviction, and disposition of criminal or juvenile matters; and
- Monitor all changes to state crime statutes within ninety (90) days of the Legislature’s adjournment sine die for purposes of including any changes in law or new offenses within the uniform reporting standard.