This information on BSCC came from here.

BSCC (Board of State and Community Corrections) provides various datasets to permit description of trends in critical measures over time, statewide and by county. Diverse patterns among counties reflect not only differences in policy approaches, but other county-specific factors such as the following:

  • Income, poverty, unemployment, and crime rates.
  • Features of illicit markets and associations such as street drug supply and demand, distribution systems for stolen autos and parts, and street gang allegiances and rivalries.
  • Population densities and distributions of populations along geographic, racial, ethnic, age, and urban-rural lines.
  • Available county resources, e.g., opening or closing of jail units; hiring or lay-offs of police officers, court-ordered population caps; and arrangements for leasing beds among counties;

The trends may raise useful questions about county-level patterns, but by themselves, do not answer those questions. No inferences about the comparative performance of counties, therefore, are warranted based on trends alone.

Note: Given the above, the purpose of my investigation is to integrate the Business Intelligence (BI) tool – Tableau – and bring in data from BSCC.  From understanding specific scenarios that occurred within SLO county, the data may inform patterns or trends from other counties.  In general, pattern recognition gives an opportunity to make change based on prior evidence.