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May 19, 2016

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

FY 2016 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 2016

FY 2016 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2016

Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2016

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NLECTC Spotlight

Engineering Review of Draft NIJ Standards for Video Equipment Used by Criminal Justice Agencies

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, is seeking a qualified vendor to perform an engineering review of several draft National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Standards for Video Equipment Used by Criminal Justice Agencies.

NIJ is finalizing work on three draft standards evaluating equipment that uses video technologies in support of law enforcement activities. Through its partnership with JTIC, NIJ is seeking an engineering review of these draft standards by independent reviewers with relevant expertise. The engineering review would, through a reading evaluation of the draft standards, assist in validating the test methods and techniques proposed in the standards to known, accepted engineering and test practices, and critique the merits of each standard. The review would examine described test methods and related performance requirements to determine if they meet the needs of the law enforcement community and provide a reasonable and realistic evaluation of the equipment.

The scope of this activity does not encompass an attempted performance or "breadboarding" of the test methods described in these standards. The deliverable resulting from these efforts is anticipated to be a written technical report detailing the reviewer's findings and recommendations. This report will assist JTIC and NIJ in finalizing their review of these standards and preparing them for publication.

For more information and the specific requirements of this Statement of Work, see Proposals are due by 5 p.m. June 3, 2016. Proposals and cost estimates should be valid for 90 days.

2016 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is holding a 2016 Specialized Analytic Seminar Series to provide dynamic and focused peer-to-peer analytic collaboration. Participation is targeted to state and major urban area fusion center personnel, and personnel from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Investigative Support Centers, Regional Information Sharing Systems Centers and major city/county intelligence units. Each seminar addresses a specialized-threat topic area and the associated patterns, trends, skills and resources necessary to effectively monitor and evaluate potential threats in the attendees' areas of responsibility. The 2016 series includes the following sessions:

  • Jail/Correctional Intelligence: June 21–22, 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • Social Media and Open Source:  September 6–7, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Topic to be Determined: December 6–7, 2016, Jackson, MS

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LEADS Scholarship Program

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 2016 Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholarship program is open for applications. The program helps law enforcement officers integrate research into their day-to-day work and provides NIJ with direct insight from practitioners who value research and the role it plays in practice. In 2016, NIJ will grant 10 new merit-based scholarships to mid-rank law enforcement officers. Through this program, NIJ and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) hope to identify and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership, and encourage the use of evidence-based practice to advance criminal justice throughout the nation. LEADS scholars will have the opportunity to attend various special events held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area; participate in numerous networking and collaborative activities with NIJ leadership and leading researchers within the field of criminal justice; and attend the IACP annual conference held in San Diego in October 2016.

The application deadline is July 1, 2016. For information, go to

Read the Latest JUSTINFO Online

Read the latest issue of JUSTINFO, the biweekly newsletter from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, at The newsletter includes announcements, funding opportunities, events, webinars, online resources and new publications from the NCJRS partner agencies. To subscribe to receive it in your inbox, visit

2016 National School Safety Conference

The School Safety Advocacy Council's 2016 National School Safety Conference will be held June 25-29 in Orlando, FL. For information, go to

Visit to Read About Award-Winning Youth Crime Watch Program

Stop by, the school safety site produced by the Justice Technology Information Center, to read "Youth Crime Watch Turns Students into Peer Educators," a profile of the longstanding, award-winning Youth Crime Watch program in Miami-Dade County. While you're there, check out the site's other success stories and resources, including information on School Safe - JTIC's Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools.

Training on Toolkit on Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center is launching a new multimedia web training series in June to introduce the web-based toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery and Resources. The training is for civic, government and business sectors interested in developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan. To participate, register for the training event that aligns most closely with your geographic region. If you are unable to attend the training event scheduled for your geographic region, register for one of the other events. Training schedule:

  • June 2, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region I: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, IA, KS, MO, NE
  • June 7, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region II: CO, MN, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY
  • June 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region III: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT, NJ, NY
  • June 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region IV: DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
  • June 21, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region V: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, PR, USVI
  • June 23, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region VI: IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WI
  • June 28, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Region VII: AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, NMI, AK, ID, OR, WA

For links to sign up for trainings, go to the calendar for June at

Medal of Valor Nomination Period Opens May 31

The nomination period for the 2015-2016 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor opens May 31, 2016 at 8 a.m. This medal is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, and is awarded by either the President or Vice President along with the Attorney General of the United States to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. To receive the medal, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies.

For information, go to Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2016.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Toledo Police May Drop Use of Helicopter
Toledo Blade, (05/19/2016), Ignazio Messina

The Toledo Police Department is seeking grant money to cover the $300,000 cost of an upcoming mandatory factory overhaul of its 15-year-old helicopter. Chief George Kral said without grant money the helicopter could be grounded. Toledo bought the Robinson R44 helicopter in 2001 for the department's aviation unit for about $504,000 and has used it over the years for surveillance, search and rescue, night patrols, to oversee chases, and in other emergency situations. City spokesman Janet Schroeder said the $300,000 overhaul may not be cost effective due to the helicopter's age.
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New Simulator Helps Officers Practice Use-of-Force Judgment
WLS TV ABC7, (05/18/2016)

Officers in Cook County, Ill., can train with a judgment-based use-of-force simulator. The simulator provided by Cook County Homeland Security provides near real-life experience in which the action is altered by the officer's behavior and situations can be modified by instructors. One simulation is an active shooter situation at a movie theatre. Cook County Homeland Security has trained 150 officers and is adding two more simulators to the area.
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Illinois Will Use Facial-Recognition Technology to Create New Driver's Licenses, Raising Privacy Concerns
Illinois Policy, (05/18/2016)

Illinois will begin creating driver's licenses with enhanced security features to protect citizens from identity theft and to comply with the federal Real ID Act. A person applying for or renewing a driver's license or state ID will have his or her photograph processed at a Springfield site, which will use facial-recognition technology to compare the photograph to millions of others in a central digital database. The applicant will receive a paper license or ID immediately, and a permanent card with laser technology embedded in it later. In addition to the use of facial-recognition technology to screen photos for fraud before issuing licenses, the cards will come with secure features and be harder to counterfeit. However, critics have voiced concerns about information security and privacy.
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Corrections News

Re-Entry Training Simulation Gives Judicial Officers 'Ex-Offender' Experience
Herald-Mail Media, (05/21/2016), Matthew Umstead

State and local probation officers, court personnel, law enforcement and other community members in West Virginia recently took on the roles of various ex-offenders in a training event that aimed to simulate the challenges faced by individuals attempting to transition from incarceration into society. The re-entry simulation exercise was hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in collaboration with the probation office for the Northern District of West Virginia, and showed how difficult it can be for ex-offenders to find housing, employment and other key resources upon release from prison.
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NH Prisons Struggle With Staff Shortages
Seacoastonline, (05/22/2016), Elizabeth Dinan

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections has shifted money in its budget to cover a $1.8 million shortfall in its overtime budget this year, which officials attributed to staffing shortages. The department is shifting $2.1 million from various parts of its budget to cover the overtime shortage through the end of the fiscal year. Corrections officials said the state corrections department averages about 60 vacancies a month.
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NORCO: Man Caught Flying Drone Over Prison
The Press Enterprise, (05/17/2016), Ali Tadayon

A man flew a drone over the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, according to authorities. The prison borders the Naval Surface Warfare Center, where it is illegal to fly a drone without permission. All military installations are designated drone no-fly zones according to Federal Aviation Administration laws. Prison personnel spotted the device the evening of May 15, and found the drone's pilot nearby, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman. Riverside County Sheriff's deputies talked with the man, who was not arrested. Deputies from the Sheriff's Department's Norco station are investigating the incident further.
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Prosecutor: Accused Arsonist Forged Doctor's Note
Stamford Advocate, (05/19/2016), John Nickerson

A Connecticut woman accused of setting her former boyfriend's apartment on fire had her bail increased after allegedly forging a doctor's note claiming her electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet was setting off her pacemaker. Gina Clemente, 33, of Wilton was charged in April with first-degree arson for the May 2015 fire in Greenwich. In May 2016 a judge granted the prosecutor's request to have her put on electronic monitoring. The woman's attorney subsequently submitted a letter to the court from her doctor, which claimed the monitoring bracelet was causing her pacemaker to malfunction. The doctor said he never wrote the letter.
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Indictment: Georgia Gang Leader Ordered Hit on Baby From Jail
KLFY News/CBS News, (05/20/2016)

A Georgia gang leader is charged with ordering a retaliation hit from prison that killed a baby boy, officials said. Kenneth Eric Jackson was indicted on murder and gang charges for his alleged role in the May 2014 shooting death of 9-month-old KenDarious Edwards Jr. Allegedly acting on Jackson's orders, officials said masked gang members forced their way into a Decatur home and opened fire on the child, his mother, his grandmother and a family friend. The three women were shot and wounded. The infant was killed. The District Attorney's office said Jackson used a contraband mobile phone while incarcerated at Autry State Prison to order the hit in retaliation for the death of another gang member, allegedly killed by the child's uncle. Jackson and two alleged gunmen are charged with malice murder, felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and violation of Georgia's Street Gang and Terrorism Act. A third alleged gunman pleaded guilty to murder, the District Attorney's Office said.
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County Commissioners Agree to Support New Adult Probation Assessment Tool
The Sentinel, (05/18/2016), Jake Austin

The Cumberland County (Pa.) Board of Commissioners has agreed to support a proposed actuarial tool to be used for adult probation assessments. The Ohio Risk Assessment System is a 35-question tool administered by a trained probation officer, and would provide officers with an assessment of an offender's chances of re-offending in the future. The 2016 statewide strategic plan for expanding the use of evidence-based practices in adult probation departments across the state entails the routine use of an actuarial assessment for purposes of pre-trial and post-conviction placement and supervision.
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Treating Opioid Addiction With a Drug Raises Hope and Controversy
NPR, (05/17/2016), Andrea Hsu

In his 2017 proposed budget, President Obama has asked Congress for $1.1 billion in new funding to address the nation's opioid epidemic, with much of it focused on treatment assisted by medication. Scientists and doctors say the best way to tackle the opioid epidemic is to get more people on medications that have been proven in studies to reduce relapses. But some drugs used for treatment are opioids themselves, and some people in recovery circles say medication-assisted treatment is simply replacing one drug with another. Michael Botticelli, director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, said patients should consider the evidence for medication-assisted treatment and together with their doctors make a decision about what's best for them.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA)
    2016 Annual Conference and Training Event, June 12-15, 2016, Ocean City, Md.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice 43rd Annual Conference and Training Institute, July 17-21, 2016, Dallas, Texas
  • 71st Annual International CEA Conference and Training Event, Correctional Education Association, July 31-August 3, 2016, Long Beach, Ca.
  • American Correctional Association - 146th Congress of Correction, August 5-10, 2016, Boston, Ma.
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, Oh.

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