The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is part of a network of similarly situated centers supported by the Justice Research and Statistics Association, a national nonprofit organization of SAC directors and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency was established in 1978 with the mission to improve the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania. Commission members bring a broad array of backgrounds and expertise and include judges, members of the legislature and the Governor’s administration, representatives of law enforcement and victim service organizations, as well as private citizens.

Each year the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the US Department of Justice provides grant opportunities for SACs through the State Justice Statistics Program. Pennsylvania has received numerous grants under the program. The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Policy Development (ORESPD) serves as the Commonwealth’s SAC unit. In this capacity, ORESPD evaluates the performance of recipient projects, best practices, and research trends in the criminal and juvenile justice arenas to ensure federal and state grant funds are allocated to the most effective initiatives. ORESPD also compiles crime, corrections, and sentencing data and provides an objective and independent source policy-relevant data and research.

SAC Mission

It is the mission of Pennsylvania’s Statistical Analysis Center to provide assistance to ensure the successful coordination, implementation, and monitoring of public policy.

SAC Goals

  • Enhances applications to process and analyze information in a timely, valid, and reliable form.
  • Coordinates systems and procedures to collect and disseminate data that are accurate and complete.
  • Participates in efforts to forecast of adult under prison supervision, adults under community supervision, and juvenile offenders.
  • Continues improvement of clearinghouse functions, responding to queries on criminal justice issues from all levels of citizenry, local, state, and federal governments.
  • Ongoing maintenance and improvement of the SAC website and online applications.

For More Information Contact:

Mike Pennington, Executive Director
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108-1167
(800) 692-7292 (Toll-free in Pennsylvania)