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October 13, 2016

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Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, application due date is November 21, 2016 11:59 p.m.

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Real-time Crime Forecasting Challenge, application due date is February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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NLECTC Spotlight

Forensics Technology Center of Excellence Plans Technology Transition Workshops

Visit to register for two upcoming FTCoE technology transition workshops.

"Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science" will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2016, in Washington, D.C. This three-day event is intended to refresh, review and complete basic notions of statistics and probability theory that apply to a wide range of forensic disciplines and evidence types. "Advanced Radiologic Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation" is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2016 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. This 2.5-day advanced radiologic imaging workshop will help enable and enhance the effective transfer of advanced imaging technology into forensic practice in the United States.

 National Institute of Justice Releases Video on Research-Based Practices

NIJ connects local police jurisdictions with researchers and funding to develop more effective policing strategies; combining the experience of law enforcement practitioners with an academic perspective creates an environment for smart, evidence-based decision making. In "Using Research-Based Evidence in Your Jurisdiction," a new NIJ video, Prince George's County (Md.) Police Chief Hank Stawinski explains how research-based practices have helped reduce crime in his jurisdiction. Watch the video at and read the transcript at

 Information Needs Before and During a Flood Emergency

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's First Responders Group wants to hear from first responders about their information needs before and during a flood emergency. Answers are sought on the following questions:

  1. What data and information must you always have at your fingertips to create and maintain effective flood response plans with your emergency management partners?
  2. Road conditions, weather predictions, power status, and status of communications are top-tier elements of information essential to any hazard. When you are certain that a flood emergency will occur, what else do you need, when do you need it, and how do you need it?
  3. What information do you need to have in hand when trying to motivate community residents to either evacuate or take protective action as a flood emergency nears?

The National Conversation is intended to bring together everyone to play a role in shaping the future of homeland security technology. This means responders, operational users, citizens, academia and industry.

 October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Cyber Security Alliance, to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene. Each week in October has a designated theme that offers the opportunity for government and industry to get involved in cybersecurity activities relevant to them. For more information, visit

Smart Police Initiative Webinar Focuses on Addressing Mental Health Concerns

On Nov. 2, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time, the Bureau of Justice Assistance SPI will present a webinar on "Community Responses to People in Crisis." This webinar will focus on the role of policing in assisting communities in addressing mental health concerns and describe a range of response strategies for agencies to consider. The webinar will feature three case studies of law enforcement response models to mental health, from the Pinellas County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, Los Angeles Police Department and Salt Lake City Police Department. For more nformation and to register go to
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

One Month Later, 911 Texting Services Off to Successful Start
Oregon Live, (10/05/2016), Samantha Matsumoto

In its first month of use by the dispatch center in Portland, Ore., the new text-to-911 system has received 208 messages from residents who were unable to call due to physical limitations or fear of being overheard. The Portland Dispatch Center Consortium implemented the service in six counties on August 23; plans call for statewide expansion over a two-year period. The state funded the $15,000 technology installation.
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Virginia Law Enforcement Get Cell Phones to Help Domestic Violence Victims
Delmarva Public Radio, (10/6/2015), Don Rush

Verizon Wireless is loaning 500 cell phones to Virginia police officers through a partnership with the Virginia Attorney General's office. The officers use the phones to connect individuals perceived to be at risk of domestic violence with needed services. Many of the Commonwealth's law enforcement officers are not permitted to carry their own cell phones and they cannot provide this needed service without a phone.
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Courts News

Court Security Officers Get Time on Simulator
The Sentinel-Record, (10/06/2016)

Court security deputies and transport officers in Garland County, Ark., recently took "shoot/don't shoot" simulator training by using the safety of a projection screen to test their ability to make split-second decisions. Experiencing these kind of stressful situations in practice should make them easier to handle if the officers ever face similar situations in real life. The simulator is part of National Park College's criminal justice program.
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Corrections News

80 at Maryland Prison Indicted in 'Deeply Rooted' Smuggling Ring
The Salisbury, Md. Times, (10/05/2016), Henry Culvyhouse

Federal grand jury indictments returned on September 29 were unsealed on October 5 against 18 correctional officers, 35 inmates and 27 outside "facilitators" for a racketeering operation at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md. The defendants were charged for allegedly paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, tobacco and cellphones.
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Macon County Jail to Get Digital Upgrade
Herald & Review, (10/08/2016), Ryan Voyles

The Macon County Jail in Decatur, Ga., will implement the Guard #1 Plus system, which allows officers to digitally mark off and time stamp cells they have checked. Presently, the guards submit a written report following their cell check rounds, and supervisors review video feeds to ensure the accuracy of the reports.
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DOJ Investigating Violence and Rape Inside Alabama Men's Prisons, (10/06/2016), Kent Faulk

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced an investigation into a number of issues of concern in men's prisons in the state of Alabama, including violence, rape and overcrowding. The major issues to be addressed include whether prisoners are adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners; whether prisoners are adequately protected from use of excessive force and sexual abuse at the hands of correctional officers; and whether the systems provide sanitary, secure and safe living conditions.
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Jerry Brown Pushes Earlier Release of Felons Under Proposition 57
KPBS, (10/10/2016), Marisa Lagos

Some 40 years after Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 42 in California, which created a determinate sentencing structure that put a stop to the majority of open-ended prison terms and gave inmates a set release date, he's asking voters to pass Proposition 57. The new legislation allows for early release of certain prisoners as approved by the state parole board. Prosecutors are campaigning against the legislation.
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Confidence High in Electronic Monitoring Despite Brown's Park Case
Press of Atlantic City, (10/11/2016), John DeRosier

Ibn Hunter, 25, of Atlantic City allegedly removed his electronic monitoring device on October 2 and escaped supervision; as of October 10, he had not been captured. Hunter had posted $100,000 bail while facing aggravated assault and weapons charges. According to a recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the number of individuals wearing these devices has risen by nearly 140 percent in the past 10 years, but few try to escape.
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Jails Consider Body Scan Devices to Curtail Contraband
Bowling Green Daily News, (10/07/2016), Deborah Highland

Some Kentucky jails already use low-dose radiation full-body scans to search persons entering the facilities for contraband. Others are considering buying the equipment, as the scanners become more advanced, more compact and less expensive. At a cost of $200,000 each, many jail systems consider the purchase price worth it in terms of the contraband that they stop.
Link to Article

How 'Risk Assessment' Tools Are Condemning People to Indefinite Imprisonment
Truthout, (10/06/2016), Eric Meiners

Through predictive policing, criminogenics and risk assessment, the criminal justice system increasingly determines who will be released on bail, who will be sentenced to prison, who will be granted parole and who will be kept on supervision once released. This is especially true when it comes to those imprisoned for sex offenses, as approximately 6,000 persons across the country are being held in temporary detention centers beyond the length of their sentences. These individuals are kept confined for "treatment" as they have been deemed a danger to society.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • National Conference on Correctional Health Care, October 22-27, 2016 Las Vegas, NV
  • School Safety Leadership Academy, November 10-11, 2016, Palm Springs, CA.
  • American Probation and Parole Association: Winter Training Institute,
    Reno, NV, January 8-11, 2017
  • American Correctional Association Conference, San Antonio, TX,
    January 20-25, 2017
  • 2017 National Conference on Bullying, March 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL.

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