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About the SAC
Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) are units or agencies at the state government level that collect, analyze, and disseminate justice data. Under this federal US Bureau of Justice Statistics program, SACs are eligible for federal funding to carry out data collection and analysis of criminal justice themes/topics of significant interest to criminal justice policy and decision makers. The Oregon SAC is an active member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. There are currently SACs in most states and territories.
 
The Oregon Statistical Analysis Center provides the Governor, Legislature, and Criminal Justice Agencies with a capability for objective research and data analysis.  The SAC provides direct support in the development of legislative fiscal impact statements for proposed legislation that may increase or decrease state costs for prison beds and felon supervision. Oregon’s SAC distributes criminal justice information and statistics to local criminal justice planners, state agencies, universities, and the public.
 
History

The first Oregon Statistical Analysis Center was established in 1973 as the Justice Data Analysis Center. In 1982 the Center´s parent agency, the Law Enforcement Council, was defunded and the Statistical Analysis Center was transferred to the Oregon Department of Justice where it was known as the Crime Analysis Center. In 1993 the statistical Analysis Center was tranferred to the Criminal Justice Services Division of what is now the Department of Administrative Services. In 1994 the Statistical Analysis Center was transferred to the Commission´s predessor agency the Criminal Justice Council. The Oregon Statistical Analysis Center has been authorized under Oregon Revised Statute 137.656 and is provided oversight by the Criminal Justice Commission Members.