Research staff are responsible for gathering, analyzing, organizing, and compiling data used for responding to information requests and generating reports. Reports are prepared for the Director and executive staff, the Governor's Office and the legislature. The Unit also responds to requests from Federal agencies including the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security. Offender population, prison capacity, recidivism, and other data are analyzed and trended for inclusion in surveys, ad hoc reports, strategic plans, and other major research projects.
The Research Unit is responsible for coordinating research project applications and reviewing final reports on behalf of the Director. Procedures allowing approval to conduct research involving Department staff, facilities and inmates are identified in Department Order 203, Research Projects. The application (form 203-6) to conduct research is to be submitted at least 90 days prior to the start date of the project.