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