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MBCC Receives $187,518 for the State Justice Statistics Program

 


The Montana Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) at the Montana Board of Crime Control has received a $187,518 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. The grant will support research for two projects. One will continue to build on the state’s 2010 crime victimization survey in order to better understand victimization trends while also focusing on victimization related to the increasing oil development in Northeastern Montana. The proposed study will provide much needed data on the current state facilities and services that are available to crime victims in Montana. The study will also provide data on drug-related crime victimization and public perceptions of fear of drug related crime. This data will also provide an opportunity to analyze Montana’s Incident-Based data (compatible with the National Incident-Based Reporting System) to estimate how many more crimes occur that go unreported to law enforcement.

The second project will enhance and expand on work previously done in Montana regarding the management of jail populations in the state and the collection of data from/about that population. The development of a systematic data collection process will facilitate state and Federal level reporting requirements for data that are difficult to manage at the present time.

The project will be completed as a partnership between Tyson McLean, M.A., Montana Statistical Analysis Center Director and The University of Montana Criminology researchers, Dusten Hollist, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Sociology, Jackson Bunch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Patrick McKay, M.A., Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at The University of Montana.

The Montana Board of Crime Control is the designated state agency that annually administers millions of grant dollars dedicated to preventing crime and making justice system improvements statewide. The 18-member board, appointed by Governor Steve Bullock, represents law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice system stakeholders, tribal communities and citizens. Board members provide critical leadership, oversight and accountability of systems charged with promoting justice and public safety.

 

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