Michigan Justice Statistics Center

The School of Criminal Justice, through the Michigan Justice Statistics Center, serves as the Statistical Analysis Center (MI-SAC) for the State of Michigan.  The mission of the Center is to advance knowledge about crime and justice issues in the state of Michigan while also informing policy and practice.  As the nation’s pioneering land-grant university, this dual mission is reflective of Michigan State University’s commitment to advancing knowledge and transforming lives.  The Center conducts policy-relevant research and analysis to advance data-driven processes and the adoption of evidence-based strategies. Ultimately, the goal is to promote safe Michigan communities and to support efforts to enhance the fairness, effectiveness, and efficiency of the criminal justice system through research, evaluation and the dissemination of information.

The Center works in partnership with the Michigan State Police, Michigan’s State Administering Agency (SAA), as well as with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies serving the citizens of Michigan.  The Center also draws heavily on the rich faculty, staff and student resources of the School of Criminal Justice.

View our latest Publication:

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In the State of Michigan, the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU) was designated to be the state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) by executive order in 1993 and MSU has served in this capacity continuously since that time. The SAC works closely with the State Administering Agency (SAA) that is the Michigan State Police (MSP). The SAC and SAA have increased their collaboration in recent years by working with key criminal justice stakeholders in the development of the Michigan Byrne/JAG strategic plan.  The Michigan Justice Statistics Center is a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization comprised of SAC directors, researchers, and practitioners dedicated to policy-oriented research and analysis.

The Center receives funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through an annual proposal submission process.

 

Staff

Edmund F. McGarrell – Director and Professor
Timothy Bynum – Director Emeritus
Chris Melde – Research Associate
Jason Rydberg – Research Associate
Robyn Carter – Program Manager
Greg Drake – Graduate Research Fellow
Amanda Nguyen – Graduate Research Fellow

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Edmund F. McGarrell, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Michigan Justice Statistics Center
Michigan State University
School of Criminal Justice
655 Auditorium Road, 560 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-2192
Fax: (517) 432-1787
Email: mcgarrel@msu.edu

 

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Christopher Melde, Ph.D.
Professor
Michigan Justice Statistics Center
Michigan State University
School of Criminal Justice
655 Auditorium Road, 433 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-0850
Fax: (517) 432-1787
Email: melde@msu.edu

 

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Robyn A. Carter
Program Manager
Michigan Justice Statistics Center
Michigan State University
School of Criminal Justice
655 Auditorium Road, 560 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI  48824
Phone: (904) 466-5888
Email: rcarter@msu.edu

Statistical Analysis Centers are units or agencies at the state government level that use information from all components of the criminal justice system to conduct objective analyses of statewide policy issues.

The SACs perform a variety of activities including collecting and distributing criminal justice data, conducting policy-relevant research, and designing and implementing automated information systems. The SAC's are represented by the Justice Research and Statistics Association.

There are currently 53 Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) located in the United States and its Territories. The Michigan Justice Statistics Center is a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national nonprofit organization comprised of SAC directors, researchers, and practitioners dedicated to policy-oriented research and analysis.

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The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and the justice community who are dedicated to the use of research and analysis to make informed policy and program decisions.
JRSA conducts and publishes multistate, policy-relevant research on justice issues; provides training and technical assistance to build research and evaluation capacity and knowledge of evidence-based practices at the state and local levels; and maintains information on state criminal and juvenile justice research and programs.