About the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC)
The Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) informs policy development and improvement of practice in Maine's criminal and juvenile justice systems. A partnership between the USM Muskie School of Public Service and the Maine Department of Corrections, SAC collaborates with numerous community-based and governmental agencies. SAC conducts applied research, evaluates programs and new initiatives, and provides technical assistance, consultation and organizational development services. SAC is funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and guided by a statewide advisory group.
SAC strives to inform the policy and practice of criminal and juvenile justice by providing research, analysis, training and technical assistance to help governmental agencies and community-based non-profits build capacity, use data to inform decision-making and improve their performance. Center staff strives to fully understand and be able to describe the context of criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice, including the effects of politics, government, the media, public perspectives about the purpose of criminal justice - e.g. social service (needs based justice) and traditional (legal) models in applied criminal research sometimes come into conflict.