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What is the role of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center?

The Analysis Center conducts original research and program evaluation in an effort to assist the Governor’s Crime Commission in attaining its mission of serving as the chief policy advisory body to the Governor and the Secretary of Public Safety on all matters related to crime and criminal justice. Founded in the mid 1970s, and placed within the Governor’s Crime Commission, this unit has conducted policy relevant research which has helped shape numerous statewide criminal justice initiatives. Examples include: Reformation of the state D.W.I. laws, evaluation of multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, creation and expansion of the School Resource Officer concept, developing community policing for urban and rural law enforcement, formulating a statewide definition of domestic violence, examining disproportionate minority confinement in the juvenile justice system, directing granting strategies for after school programs and community based alternatives, and conducting numerous assessments for the purpose of establishing a statewide criminal justice information network.

How does the Analysis Center fulfill this role?

The Analysis Center performs/offers a unique range of services to assist the GCC, GCC staff, state agencies, citizens and across the country including our Congressional delegation. These include:

  • Planning – Performing related planning duties such as grant review, compiling the annual Criminal Justice Records Improvement Plan and applying for Federal funding.
  • Statistical and Data Analysis – Provide statistical data, maps, charts and graphs upon request from staff, other criminal justice personnel, students and members of the general public
  • Web Services – Design, upgrade, and maintain the Commission’s Internet website
  • Full Service Publishing – Compile, desktop publish and disseminate SystemStats, full reports and other Commission documents
  • Quantitative Research – Conduct original quantitative research through analysis of existing data , surveys, and other means of data collection
  • Qualitative Research – Conduct original qualitative research through the developmental analysis process. This process seeks to identify effective practices of existing programs and to document how to plan, operate, and expand similar programs based upon these identified effective practices
  • Clearinghouse – Disseminate research findings through its quarterly SystemStats newsletter, full reports, fact sheets and oral presentations to the Commission and at national conferences
  • Original Research – Conducts original research to develop models of effective service delivery systems and forecasting technology