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The Oklahoma SAC was originally formed on August 1, 1989 as part of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. It was moved to the Department of Public Safety and denoted the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Resource Center (OCJRC). On July 1, 1998, the OCJRC was transferred from the Department of Public Safety to the Legislative Service Bureau, with its director to be appointed by the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission.
The OCJRC had a program resources unit, a computer information services unit, and an administrative unit. It provided criminal justice research and analysis as the Bureau of Justice Statistics-designated state statistical analysis center, but it also had many duties pertaining to the state legislature. The OCJRC was responsible for implementing and administering the Offender Data Information System (ODIS). It was also responsible for staffing the state’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and for sitting on the Oklahoma Council on Violence Prevention, the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System Task Force Committee, and the Oklahoma Integrated Justice Information Systems Steering Committee. It prepared impact statements on proposed legislation which would impact the criminal law of the state of Oklahoma.
On July 1, 2009, the OCJRC was divided between the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Attorney General, with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) receiving the “Statistical Analysis Center” designation. The OCJRC’s duties pertaining to administration and research were transferred to the OSBI’s newly created Office of Criminal Justice Statistics in the Information Services Division. The OCJRC’s duties pertaining to data processing and information technology were transferred to the OSBI’s Information Technology Systems Division. The duties pertaining to the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board were transferred to the Office of the Attorney General. The current responsibilities of the SAC as mandated by state statute are found in 22 O.S. § 1517.
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