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In This Issue: February 28, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

Webinar on NIJ Administration of Justice Solicitation

Registration is open for a webinar on March 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about the National Institute of Justice Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice solicitation and application requirements. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks to fund investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic testimony. To register, go to https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/eventscalendar/CalendarSearchDetail.aspx?strConfID=28500.

Questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email to grants@ncjrs.gov; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.contactncjrs.org/ncjchat/chat.jsp. See also NIJ.gov's solicitation FAQ page here https://www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/faqs.aspx.  
 
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.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons.. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 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 on March 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET to learn about the Administration of Justice solicitation.

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

New Castle County Police Launch Tip and Alert App
Delaware Public Media, (02/14/2019), Sophia Schmidt
The New Castle County Police Department has released a new app to communicate with residents. Police can send alerts, for example, on road closures, and the community can submit tips. The app enables two-way anonymous communication.
Link to Article

S.A.F.E. Alert System App is Free for NH Parents and Educators
Manchester Ink Link, (02/15/2019)
Schools and parents in New Hampshire now have a free app to improve communication between educators and families in emergencies. The Safety. Alerts. For. Education. (S.A.F.E.) application uses geo-fencing technology via the global positioning system, allowing administrators and law enforcement to instantly alert students and staffers of a threat via their cellphones.
Link to Article

Michigan State Police Training Dogs to Find Hidden Technology
WNDU, (02/20/2019)
Michigan State Police are training K-9s to find hidden technology such as thumb drives, SD cards and cellphones. The six-week training for the dogs introduces them to electronic chemical odors.
Link to Article

New High-Tech Tools Working to Help Police Fight Crime in Jacksonville
New4Jax, (02/20/2019), Jim Piggott
Jacksonville's real-time crime center includes connections to 20 surveillance cameras and microphones to help police track crimes. According to Sheriff Mike Williams, by the end of the year, 100 cameras will be in place where the majority of crimes occur.
Link to Article

DNA, Old-Fashioned Police Work, Leads to Arrest in 1973 Cold Case Murder
The Orange County Register, (02//21/2019), Keith Sharon
DNA recently helped lead to an arrest for the 1973 murder of an 11-year-old girl in Newport Beach, Calif. Using DNA from the crime scene, a company in Virginia created a sketch of what the killer may have looked like, and created another sketch of what the killer may have looked as an elderly man. The DNA was matched with a sample from FamilyTreeDNA.com. An arrest was made in February.
Link to Article

Oxford Police Lead Regional Effort to Share Drones With Area Police Departments
Telegram & Gazette, (02/23/2019), Brian Lee
The Oxford Police Department in Massachusetts is heading up a regional effort to share drones with police departments that don't have one. Oxford's drone has a 360-degree combination high-definition and thermal camera to capture still photos and video.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Missouri Prisons and Jails Are One Step Closer to Becoming No-Drone Zones
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (02/18/2019), Jack Suntrup
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would ground drones near state correctional facilities. Department of Corrections officials have raised concerns about potential aerial contraband drops. An amendment approved would also ban flights near municipal and county jails, private jails and mental health hospitals. The measure requires a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate for consideration.
Link to Article

Florida Lawmakers Seek to Move Inmates Closer to Home
The News Service of Florida, (02/15/2019)
Proposals have been filed in the Florida House and Senate that would require the Florida Department of Corrections to move many inmates to prisons closer to their homes. The bills are filed for consideration during the legislative session that starts March 5.
Link to Article

Pennsylvania Prisons to Stop Copying Inmates' Legal Mail
The Morning Call, (02/22/2019), Steve Esack
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has agreed per a lawsuit settlement to stop intercepting and copying inmates' legal mail as part of its drug surveillance and security plans. The settlement was announced on February 22 by the department and four civil rights groups that had joined an inmate in suing the department over its mail screening policy.
Link to Article

The Private Prison Experiments: Is There Any Positive in For-Profit Imprisonment?
Salon, (02/25/2019), Lauren-Brooke Eisen
This opinion piece examines use of private prisons in Australia and New Zealand and efforts to better structure prison contracts.
Link to Article

Corrections Agency Discovers Sentence Calculation Problem
The Associated Press via The Tribune, (02/25/2019)
A software problem has prompted the Washington state Department of Corrections to review up to 3,500 sentences after learning that at least a dozen prison inmates were incarcerated too long or released too early. The Seattle Times reported that the calculation problem involves offenders who served time in prison before being released into community supervision but then violated the terms of their releases and were returned to prison.
Link to Article

How to Treat Depression in Prison – and Why It Matters
Michigan State University, (02/19/2019)
This discusses research done by Michigan State University that tested the effectiveness of interpersonal psychotherapy for inmates with major depressive disorder as a strategy to bring affordable treatment into a prison setting.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:
https://www.justnet.org/calendar/calendar.html

  • 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: http://www.cacconference.org/ or contact: conference@dcac.org

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to:
https://schoolsafetyinfo.org/news/news-index.html (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).

 
New Publications

A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,
https://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0870

A Preliminary Report on the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,
https://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0871

Bullying and Violence on the School Bus: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Behavioral Management Strategies,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/252516.pdf

Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization Through Crime Reporting,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/252520.pdf

Enhanced Sample Preparation and Data Interpretation Strategies for Massively Parallel Sequencing for Human Identification in Missing Persons and DVI Casework,
National Institute of Justice,
https://nij.gov/publications/pages/publication-detail.aspx?ncjnumber=252576

Labor Trafficking in North Carolina: A Statewide Survey Using Multistage Sampling,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/252521.pdf

Partner Violence Prevention for Middle-School Boys: A Dyadic Web-Based Intervention Study,
National Institute of Justice,
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/252517.pdf

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2016: Selected Findings,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,
http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/251785.pdf

Journal Articles on NIJ-funded Research
"Familial DNA Searching—An Emerging Forensic Investigative Tool," Science & Justice, January 2019, Vol. 59, Issue 1, pp. 20-28, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135503061830234X?dgcid=author


 
 
 
 

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