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In This Issue: March 7, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

New Podcast Episode: Just the Molalla Forest Killer

A new Just Science podcast from the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence interviews Robert Thompson, Senior Forensic Science Research Manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, about his role in the investigation of the Molalla Forest Killer. The Molalla Forest serial murders are arguably the most infamous chain of homicides in Oregon. In 1988, Dayton Leroy Rogers was convicted and imprisoned for the serial murder of seven women over the course of three months. Robert Thompson was heavily involved in the investigation and conviction of this killer. Listen as he discusses the details of the case and the years that followed.

To listen to the full podcast episode, go to https://forensiccoe.org/identification-e4/.


NIJ Forensic Science Symposium

The National Institute of Justice will hold a Forensic Symposium March 19-21, 2019 during the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. Pittcon is an annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. The NIJ event will include two Invited Symposia, two Organized Contributed Sessions and a Poster Session, all highlighting recent applications of chemical and biological analysis to current issues in forensic science and criminal justice. For additional information, go to https://www.nij.gov/training/pages/training-detail.aspx?itemid=667.


Read About New Publications from the COPS Office on SchoolSafetyInfo.org

Two publications recently released by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services are featured in "COPS Office and Police Foundation Release Reports on Averted School Violence," a new article posted on SchoolSafetyInfo.org, JTIC's school safety website. Go to https://www.schoolsafetyinfo.org/stories/Success4COPS-Office.html to read about two reports that analyze results from the Police Foundation's Averted School Violence Database. While you're on the site, browse other success stories, check out the calendar of events and more.

 

 
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.

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearm 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.

Evaluation of Services for Victims of 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.

Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 2019.

Research into Immigration and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

“Research and Evaluation on Policing” on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 3:00 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

D-8 Awarded More Than $1M for School Security Upgrades
KKTV, (02/27/2019), Jenna Middaugh
The Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in Colorado will use a $1.1 million state grant to upgrade security cameras and radios within the district. The district has been improving school security over the past three years by implementing a districtwide radio system and adding a full-time school resource officer to every school building.
Link to Article

UPD Launches Body Camera Policy for On-Duty Officers
The Montclarion, (02/27/2019), Heather Berzak
As of March 1, the Montclair State University Police Department will equip its officers with body-worn cameras to use when on routine patrol or dispatched on calls for service. Following guidelines established by the New Jersey Attorney General, the department developed a policy document that explains protocols on when and how police officers can use the cameras.
Link to Article

Falmouth Police Pitch New Type of Neighborhood Watch
Cape Cod Times, (03/03/2019), Christine Legere
Police in Falmouth, Mass., are asking homeowners and businesses to register their surveillance systems to aid police in investigations. The information will be in a database and mapped out to show locations of cameras in the area of an incident.
Link to Article

Texas School Safety Bill Proposes Threat Assessment Teams, More Emergency Training
Longview News-Journal, (03/05/2019)
A bill has been introduced in the Texas state senate that includes measures to improve school security. Proposals include employing mental health professionals in Texas school districts; expanding emergency response training for district employees and establishing threat assessment teams in schools. It also includes money for security equipment such as cameras.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Security Measure Added to Prevent Drug Smuggling Into Jail
WXOW, (02/21/2019)
The La Crosse County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin has installed a new scanner in the county jail to detect contraband. The department installed the scanner to prevent newly booked inmates from sneaking in drugs or other contraband.
Link to Article

Alabama Prison Enlists State Law Enforcement in Contraband Search
Montgomery Advertiser, (02/28/2019), Melissa Brown
The Alabama Department of Corrections enlisted more than 300 law enforcement officers from seven state and local organizations to track down contraband at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville. The department said it also plans to use the multi-department collaboration at other major prisons in the state.
Link to Article

Crime Trackers: Pima County Jail Adds Drug Sniffing Dog to the Team
KVOA, (02/28/2019), Lupita Murillo
The Pima County Jail will be adding a 15-month-old black Labrador to help detect contraband. The dog is already trained in marijuana and heroin scents; he will learn how to detect cocaine and meth in his next training course.
Link to Article

An Aging Prison Population Is Straining Pa.'s Corrections Budget. Could Medical Parole Be the Answer?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, (02/28/2019), Elizabeth Hardison
Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has suggested the state create a medical parole program to allow sick and aging inmates to spend their final days outside of prison. The state's aging prison population is driving up medical costs. Pennsylvania's elderly prison population has increased from 6 percent of its general prison population in 1996 to 22 percent today, Wetzel said.
Link to Article

Lubbock County Detention Center Fighting Mental Health Problem in the System
KAMC, (03/04/2019), Victoria Larned
This article discusses efforts by the Lubbock County Detention Center and the county to help people in jail with a mental health disorder. To continue reducing the number of mentally ill behind bars, LCDC said they need funding for a new data collection system and diversion centers that can treat mentally ill individuals before they ever make it to jail.
Link to Article

Gov. Bill Lee Announces New Efforts to Help Tennessee Prison Inmates Successfully Re-enter Society
Times Free Press, (02/28/2019), Andy Sher
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing initiatives to help prison inmates make a successful transition to the community. The proposed initiatives include supplementing mental health efforts by expanding the recovery court system and recovery court programming, and expanding higher education programming for persons imprisoned in state prisons.
Link to Article

Why Even Illinois's Department of Corrections Wants to Fix the Way the State Does Electronic Monitor
NPR Illinois, (02/26/2019), Lee Gaines
This article discusses Illinois' use of electronic monitoring for individuals on mandatory supervised release, and criticisms of the program.
Link to Article

Federal Government to Pay $5 Million to Settle Lawsuit by David Renz Victims
Syracuse.com, (02/27/2019), Julie McMahon
The U.S. government will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit by the victims of David Renz, who in 2013 escaped out of an electronic ankle bracelet to murder a school librarian and rape a 10-year-old girl in Clay, N.Y. About $3.7 million will go toward a trust fund for the girl, now a teenager. The rest of the money will pay for legal fees and expenses.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

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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).

 
 
 
 
 

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