§ 8901 Established; employees.
(a) The Statistical Analysis Center is hereby located within the Criminal Justice Council. The Director of the Statistical Analysis Center shall be qualified by education or experience to carry out the mission of the Statistical Analysis Center and shall report to the Director of the Criminal Justice Council.
(b) The Director of the Statistical Analysis Center may employ such personnel as are necessary to carry out the functions of this chapter, subject to the approval of the Director of the Criminal Justice Council and within the limits of any appropriation made by the General Assembly. The staff of the Statistical Analysis Center is hereby placed under the authority of and is subject to the oversight and supervision of the Director of the Criminal Justice Council.
§ 8902 Mission.
The Statistical Analysis Center shall provide the State with a professional capability for objective, interpretive analysis of data relating to crime and criminal justice issues in order to improve the effectiveness of policy-making, program development, planning and reporting.
§ 8903 General powers and duties.
In pursuit of its mission, the Statistical Analysis Center shall have the following powers, duties and functions:
(1) Generate statistical and analytical products concerning crime and the criminal justice system in the State;
(2) Provide statistical and analytical services from available information upon request;
(3) Provide technical assistance in the identification of sources, collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of criminal justice statistics to state and local governmental agencies;
(4) Identify, collect, analyze and disseminate statistics regarding the resources expended on criminal justice in the State;
(5) Promote the orderly development of criminal justice information and statistical systems within the State;
(6) Maintain a state-level capability for providing state and local governments with access to federal resources in criminal justice statistical information in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice,
(7) Serve as the clearinghouse and point of contact for the U.S. Department of Justice and for state agencies, local government agencies, the courts, and appropriate nongovernmental organizations;
(8) Direct or participate in the research design for the analysis of crime or criminal justice issues for the State;
(9) Conduct research and provide analyses as required to determine the impact proposed policy changes may have on the criminal justice system; and
(10) Submit annually to the Governor, Chief Justice, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House a report examining 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year rates of re-arrest, reconviction, and recommitment of released offender cohorts. The first report shall be submitted by July 31, 2013.
§ 8904 Access to information and data.
The Statistical Analysis Center shall have full access to all information and data in any form, including computerized files and official records, to accomplish its research and analysis. All data referencing individuals shall be used only for research purposes and shall not in any way be shared or portrayed as to identify any individual so as to meet both state and federal security and privacy laws. It shall be the duty of all officials of the State or any political subdivision thereof to furnish any information and compile any report that may be requested by the Statistical Analysis Center.
§ 8905 Criminal justice agencies and courts to provide assistance.
It shall be the duty of all criminal justice agencies and courts of the State or any political subdivision thereof to provide such assistance as may reasonably be requested by the Statistical Analysis Center to carry out its mission under this chapter.