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In This Issue: February 21, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

Read Article about Georgia's C.H.A.M.P.S. Program on SchoolSafetyInfo.org

Visit SchoolSafetyInfo.org, JTIC's school safety website, to read “C.H.A.M.P.S. Brings Flexibility to Georgia School Safety Education.” You can find the article at https://www.schoolsafetyinfo.org/stories/Success4CHAMPS.html. While you're on the site, check out other success stories, a calendar of events and more.


Report: Sheriffs Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails

This report identifies innovative practices that have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the United States. The report was developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The programs have shown promise in several areas: diverting those who live with mental illness away from the criminal justice system, supporting individuals in the court system, identifying and treating those who have been incarcerated, and helping individuals successfully re-enter their communities after discharge. To read the report, go to https://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0869.

 
Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to: https://www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/current.aspx

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to: https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore
/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8, 2019.

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.

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 15, 2019.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 17, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 19, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Domestic Terrorism Prevention, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 22, 2019.

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories.. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Research into Desistance from Crime, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2019.

Evaluation of Project Safe Neighborhoods. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on White-Collar Crime: Health Care and Elder Fraud. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 2, 2019.

Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Policing, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2019.

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development to Support Community Supervision. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, Fiscal Year 2019. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Register for a webinar to learn about open Graduate Research Fellowships in Social and Behavioral Sciences on February 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET.

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

Pinellas Co. Schools to Get Security Upgrades Improving Communication With Law Enforcement
ABC Action News, (02/13/2019), Sarah Hollenbeck
Officials plan to add a security system to schools in Pinellas County, Fla., that will feed live information to law enforcement during an active shooter situation or other large scale emergencies. The technology also features a one-button lockdown system that school staff can use on their cellphones to automatically contact law enforcement and remotely lock doors on campus from the inside.
Link to Article

Area Law Enforcement Forms Team to Find Missing Children
Alexandria Town Talk, (02/12/2019), Jeff Matthews
Several law enforcement agencies in central Louisiana are participating in a venture to share resources to help to find missing children. The Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team consists of personnel from sheriff's departments in Rapides, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches and Vernon parishes, and police departments in Alexandria, Pineville, Natchitoches and Leesville.
Link to Article

Oregon Begins Crisis Intervention Training for 911 Operators
KTVZ.com, (02/13/2019)
Oregon has begun crisis intervention training for 911 operators. The training includes a Public Safety Telecommunicator CIT class that will be relevant to 911 professionals in all areas of the state.
Link to Article

New Dispatch System Helps Nine Counties Share Information, Save Money
WJAC, (02/13/2019), Bridget McClure
Nine Pennsylvania counties are using a new regional computer aided dispatch (CAD) system that allows dispatchers to see incidents in all counties. If a requested fire department or ambulance service from another county is out of service, CAD will automatically call the next available unit.
Link to Article

Sheriff's Office to Get Device That Can Download Info From Cellphones
The Journal Times, (02/14/2019), Ricardo Torres
The Racine County Sheriff's Office plans to use Cellebrite, which can help access information from a cellphone or tablet. Police say the technology will help the department combat sex offenders and drug dealers by allowing investigators to download data.
Link to Article

Moody Police Purchasing New Drug Detection Device
WBRC, (02/14/2019), John Huddleston
Police in Moody, Ala., are getting a hand-held analyzer that can identifymore than 450 illegal drugs. Police said the device can help reduce the risk of accidental exposure to harmful drugs.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Alabama Gov. Ivey Unveils Proposal to Build New Prisons
Chicago Tribune, (02/13/2019), Kim Chandler for Associated Press
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey wants to build three new regional prisons that will house thousands of prisoners. Options include leasing the buildings from private companies or getting legislative approval for a state bond issue to pay for the facilities, which are estimated to cost a total of $900 million. The administration said the goal is to begin the procurement process this spring and have the new prisons open in 2022.
Link to Article

Judge Signs Order for Rehabilitation Programs at Prison
The Daily Item, (02/15/2019), Justin Strawser
A reentry initiative has been approved for inmates in Pennsylvania's Northumberland County. The program aims to prevent recidivism and improve public safety by ensuring a safe and successful transition from jail to the community. Reentry planning includes examining education, employment, housing, mental health treatment, addictions treatment and family reunification. Sentencing judges will determine the eligibility of the inmate.
Link to Article

‘I Think It's Going to be Life-Changing': Agencies Team Up to Roll Out ID Machines in Idaho Prisons
KTVB, (02/14/2019), Morgan Boydston
A pilot program in four Idaho prisons will help inmates obtain identification cards on release, which officials say will help inmates integrate back into society. Case managers work to get the proper documents to submit for an identification card months before an inmate is released. Inmate IDs are sometimes lost, expired or taken and destroyed on incarceration.
Link to Article

Body Scanners Helping Combat the Opioid Epidemic at the Montgomery County Jail
WKEF/WRGT, (02/15/2019), Bryn Caswell
Officials say body scanners at the Montgomery County Jail in Ohio are helping to detect drugs and other contraband. In 2018, officers seized 600 items at the time of booking, much of it because of the scanner.
Link to Article

State Senate Anti-Drone Bill Moves Forward
Brunswick News, (02/12/2019), Wes Wolfe
The Georgia state Senate Public Safety Committee has passed a bill that would create no-fly zones over any detention facility in the state, and ban photography of those facilities without a permit. It covers state prisons, probation detention facilities, jails and any similar institution operated by the federal government, state, localities or a private corporation.
Link to Article

Search of Ohio Prison Turns Up Several Fake Guns, Explosive
Associated Press, (02/13/2019)
A search of a maximum-security Ohio prison turned up three fake handguns, drawings of handguns, and a fake explosive device, officials said. The weapons, made to resemble Glock handguns, were made of bars of soap, pieces of eyeglasses, battery casings and carbon paper from legal kits provided to inmates.
Link to Article

Anti-Drug Smuggling Policies Are Increasingly Isolating Prisoners
Governing, (02/13/2019), Candice Norwood
This article examines issues surrounding correctional facilities' replacing in-person visits with video calls and enacting strict mail policies in an effort to deter contraband in prisons.
Link to Article

'An Awakening': 24/7 Sobriety Program Credited With Turning Lives Around
Omaha World-Herald, (02/13/2019), Paul Hammel
This article discusses a strict sobriety pilot program in Nebraska for people repeatedly arrested for drunken driving. The 24/7 Sobriety Program currently is offered in Douglas and Lancaster Counties for a limited number of people. A bill introduced in the Nebraska legislature would standardize the program statewide.
Link to Article

Four Reasons Medication-Assisted Treatment May Not Help Inmates
CommonWealth (01/04/2019), Andrew Klein
This opinion piece examines issues related to medication-assisted treatment for inmates.
Link to Article

 
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