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In This Issue: January 31, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

Sign Up Now for February NIJ FTCoE Webinars

The National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will hold four webinars during the month of February. Registration is now open.

Lincoln SROs Learn About Adolescent Mental Health

In "Training Helps Lincoln SROs Learn About Adolescent Mental Health," a new article on, you can read about Nebraska's "BETA" threat assessment training and how Lincoln Public Schools have adapted it into training specific to adolescent mental health for the district's school resource officers. Visit to read the article, then browse the site for additional success stories, a calendar of events and more.

NIJ FTCoE Releases Two New Reports

The National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has released two new reports.

Conducting a Forensic Facility Needs Assessment Using Lean Facility Design: A Case Example details the steps for using a lean facility design approach to conduct a needs assessment in a forensic facility. LFD is a strategy that optimizes the flow of information, work and people through a facility. In addition to detailing the steps for conducting an LFD assessment, this report also provides a short case example. The FTCoE collaborated with the Midwest Forensics Resource Center to conduct an LFD needs assessment at the Broward County Sheriff's Office, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Click for the full report.

Beyond DNA – Sexual Assault Investigations, part of the NIJ FTCoE's In-Brief series, is a three-part report highlighting types of physical evidence that can provide crucial information about a sexual assault, so that key stakeholders in the criminal justice community ultimately obtain just resolutions for these crimes. Click for the report series.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to:

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to:

Research and Development in Forensic Science for
Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2019
. All
applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
April 11, 2019.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
. Deadline
to submit your application packet is April 17, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Nothing available at this time

Federal Funding Resources:

OJP Funding Resource Center: Find current opportunities, solicitation requirements, forms and worksheets, and post-award instructions to help as you apply for and manage OJP awards.

DOJ Program Plan: See summary details of the funding opportunities each DOJ grant-making component is expecting to release or has released in the current fiscal year.

DOJ Grants Financial Guide: Learn about the laws, rules and regulations that affect the financial and administrative management of an OJP award.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

NYPD Develop VR Simulation to Foster Mutual Understanding Among Community Members
ELearning Inside, (01/23/2019), Henry Kronk
Options, a collaborative VR effort that includes the New York Police Department and the New York Police Foundation, takes youth through scenarios such as getting pressured to join a gang, facing pressure to commit a crime or being stopped by police. The program is an attempt to improve social and emotional learning skills among the city's youth and to promote greater connections between police and the community.
Link to Article

What 'Implicit Bias' Is, and How Police in Ada County Are Training Against It
Idaho Press, (01/24/2019), Tommy Simmons
Since August 2017, some 60 percent of the deputies with Idaho's Ada County Sheriff's Office have taken an internally developed implicit bias training course, and staff recently began offering the course to members of surrounding agencies as well. Such training has been recommended as a "best practice" for law enforcement; this article takes an in-depth look at how one agency implements it.
Link to Article

Smaller Police Departments Dropping Body Camera Programs Amid High Costs, (01/23/2019)
Evidence retention laws combined with increased video storage costs have caused a number of small law enforcement agencies to drop their body-worn camera programs. A leading manufacturer of the cameras reports that every department that has canceled a contract says it is due to the high cost of maintaining the program.
Link to Article

Several Lenape Regional High School District Schools Implement Opioid Awareness Program
Cherry Hill Courier-Post, (01/25/2019), Celeste E. Whittaker
Shawnee and Cherokee High Schools have implemented a program called NotEvenOnce, wherein health and physical education teachers work with counselors and school resource officers to teach students about the dangers of opioid use. Developed by New Jersey's Manchester Police Department, the program uses personal experiences to bring home its message.
Link to Article

New Training Will Improve Response by Law Enforcement to People in Mental Health Crisis
New Hampshire Union Leader, (01/26/2019), Dave Solomon
A new training for state police and emergency responders on the Crisis Intervention Team approach will start in February at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. The training has a goal of enabling first responders to better cope with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. According to the Attorney General's office, approximately 50 percent of uses of deadly force in the state involve individuals with a mental illness.
Link to Article

Police Officer 'OK' After Being Shot in Bulletproof Vest During West Rogers Park Standoff
Chicago Tribune, (01/26/2019), Hannah Leone and Rosemary Schol
An officer responding to a family disturbance call took a shot off his ballistic-resistant vest Saturday night in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood. The suspect, who was experiencing a mental health crisis, was eventually taken in for a mental health evaluation. The officer was examined at a nearby hospital and released.
Link to Article

Muncie-based Social Media Training Goes Nationwide
Newslink Indiana, (01/28/2019), Michelle Kaufmann
The Police Social Media Academy, developed by a Muncie (Ind.) police officer and a retired sheriff's deputy, will hold upcoming trainings in Pennsylvania and California. Started in 2017 to bring a law enforcement perspective to social media use, the course covers what and when to post on social media, how to deal with criticism and algorithms. The officers have traveled around Iowa for the past 18 months sharing their training.
Link to Article

Campus Police Unveil New Prescription Medication Drop-Off Box
The, (01/28/2019), Maisie Williams
Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., has launched use of a prescription drug drop-off box in a move to help combat the opioid crisis. Campus police have partnered with the state to obtain the secure box, where anyone can anonymously drop off unwanted prescription drugs.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, (01/15/2019), Acker J, Braveman P, Arkin E, Leviton L, Parsons J, and Hobor G
This article takes an in-depth look at a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, produced in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. The report examines the links between mass incarceration and health equity. Through pairing data with examples of successful approaches, it shows how mass incarceration negatively impacts everyone's health and well-being, and also suggests solutions for reducing both incarceration and crime rates and increasing opportunities for all.
Link to Article

Should Prisoners Have Access to College Grants? A New Report Says They Should
The State, (01/25/2019), Lucas Daprile
A new study from the Vera Institute for Justice and Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality says that low-income prisoners should have access to Pell Grants to improve their education and reduce their chances of re-offending on release. The report says that if half of those eligible in South Carolina accepted a grant, it would cost the federal government approximately $5.3 million while saving the state a projected $1.3 million in re-incarceration costs.
Link to Article

Brownsville Federal Court Using Electronic Monitoring to Cut Costs, (01/23/2019)
This article looks at how local courts have been using various forms of electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration, and notes the risks inherent in using electronic monitoring so close to the border with Mexico.
Link to Article

In Kansas, Algorithms Might Rewrite Who Stays In Jail and Who Bails Out, (01/22/2019), Nomin Uhiyediin
This article looks at the circumstances surrounding the convening of a task force by the Kansas Supreme Court to study pretrial reforms. Recommendations will be submitted in mid-2020. Several other states have already changed their procedures for awarding bail; existing procedures sometimes appear to discriminate against low-income individuals.
Link to Article

Nearly Half of Colorado Inmates Are Parole Eligible But Still Behind Bars. Some Lawmakers Hope to Change That.
The Colorado Independent, (0/16/2019), John Herrick
Nearly half of Colorado's inmate population is eligible for parole, but many of them still remain incarcerated. This report looks at the reasons why and potential solutions.
Link to Article

Senators Offer Bills to Retain Prison Staff
KETV, (01/22/2019), Andrew Ozaki
Nebraska state senators are introducing bills mandating restrictions on mandatory overtime and increased longevity pay in an attempt to help improve conditions for the state's corrections officers. Ongoing contract negotiations between the state and the corrections officers' union have stalled. Negotiations are set to go in front of the Court of Industrial Relations February 14.
Link to Article

RIT Study: More Than Half of Child Pornography Probationers Had Sexual Contact With Kids
Democrat & Chronicle, (01/09/2019), Gary Craig
A study conducted by researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology says that more than 50 percent of men on federal probation in western New York for child pornography possession have had instances of "sexual contact with children that were previously unknown to legal authorities." Federal probation officials, who requested the study, said report findings align with their experiences.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

  • 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, August 12-15, 2019, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas, TX. For information go to: or contact:

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).

New Publications

2017 National Crime Victimization Survey,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Federal Justice Statistics, 2015-2016,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Victims of Identity Theft, 2016,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Isotopic Taphonomy of Human Remains,
National Institute of Justice,

Multi-Modal Method for Determining the Postmortem Interval in Juvenile Remains and Assessing Skeletal Health,
National Institute of Justice,

Multi-Site Assessment of Police Consolidation - Final Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

Postmortem Interval Determination - A Metabolomics/Lipidomics Approach,
National Institute of Justice,

Juvenile Arrests, 2016,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Studying Drivers of Risk and Needs Assessment Instrument Implementation in Juvenile Justice,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Journal Articles on NIJ-funded Research

"Assessing the Impact of Time Spent in Restrictive Housing Confinement on Subsequent Measures of Institutional Adjustment Among Men in Prison," Criminal Justice and Behavior,

"Familial DNA Searching - an Emerging Forensic Investigative Tool," Science & Justice,

"School Climate, Student Engagement, and Academic Achievement: A Latent Variable, Multilevel Multi-Informant Examination," AERA Open,


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