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March 17, 2016

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Funding Assistance
NLECTC is offering tools and assistance to help Law Enforcement and Corrections agencies locate and apply for funding opportunities.

Federal Funding Opportunities:

Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 6, 2016

Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 7, 2016

Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 14, 2016

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 2, 2016

Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 13, 2016

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016

Give Us Your Tech Ideas
We are actively seeking ideas to help us identify technology needs and requirements as part of the National Institute of Justice's Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation process.

 
 
NLECTC Spotlight

National Institute of Justice Director's Corner Message Offers Tips on Applying to Solicitations

NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez gives several tips for developing strong proposals in response to recently released solicitations in her Director's Corner message, found at http://www.nij.gov/about/director/Pages/rodriguez-make-your-proposal-competitive.aspx.

Recommendations include:

  • Clearly state an understanding of the problem and address research goals.
  • Consult with a statistician to ensure the strength of research design and methodology.
  • Include a measurable way for researchers and practitioners to improve understanding of the specific issues.
  • Incorporate multiple disciplines in the research team.
  • Maximize resources when creating budgets.

Visit http://nij.gov/funding/Pages/welcome.aspx to view all current and forthcoming solicitations.


Assessment of the Methods by Which Criminal Justice Agencies Collect and Use Information to Support Technology Procurement, Implementation and Policy Decisions

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a component of the NLECTC System, is seeking a qualified vendor to perform marketing analytics and research to address the topic of the assessment titled above as part of the work being performed under a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

The foundational effort of this NIJ-funded program is to conduct a nationally based research study focused on how the nation's law enforcement, corrections and courts agencies collect and use information for the specific purpose of informing their decisions on the adoption and implementation of technology in their agencies.

For more information and the specific requirements of this Statement of Work (SOW), please see https://www.justnet.org/Marketing_Analytics_SOW_March_2016.html.

Proposals in response to this RFQ are due by Monday, April 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. Proposals and cost estimates should be valid for 90 days.


Register Now for Violence Against Women Funding Webinar

On Tuesday, March 22, from 1-2 p.m., NIJ scientist Bethany Backes will host a webinar providing details and guidance for potential applicants to NIJ's Violence Against Women Consortium Solicitation.

Dr. Backes will describe the goals of the solicitation, review expectations and requirements for applicants, and answer questions from webinar attendees.

You can register at http://nij.gov/funding/pages/funding-webinar-series.aspx and review the solicitation at http://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2016-9026.pdf.

If you are unable to attend, you can sign up to receive notice when the webinar is available online at http://nij.gov/funding/pages/funding-webinar-series.aspx

FBI Launches Website Aimed at Countering Violent Extremism Among Teens

FBI has launched a new, free program called "Don't Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism," which includes an interactive website that uses activities, quizzes, videos and other materials to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist messaging and how to resist self-radicalization and possible recruitment. No registration is required to sign up for the program, which has potential applications for school resource officers, coaches, school administrators, and parents and families. Visit https://cve.fbi.gov/ to learn more.


National Institute of Justice to Fund Research on Video Technology

As part of a project titled "Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes," the Illinois Institute of Technology will conduct a performance evaluation of various existing video analytics technologies that can be deployed on both fixed and random scanning video surveillance systems. The project will leverage Chicago's vast video surveillance network (the largest such integration platform in the U.S.), the extensive experience of the Chicago Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management & Communications in the use of this technology, and a unique partnership between CPD and an academic engineering team at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), located near CPD Headquarters.

All interested vendors of such technologies are invited to take part in this evaluation process. Submitted analytics software/tools should be: (a) compatible with Genetec video system and software, (b) capable of analyzing both low- and high-resolution video and images, (c) Able to analyze video from both high bandwidth 30 frames per second HD feeds as well as cellular backhauled images at 5-10 frames per second, (d) able to analyze video from low-light nighttime conditions as well as in various weather conditions such as rain or snow, (e) generate alerts in situations observed in a video stream including, but not limited to, detection of suspicious events, objects left behind, area intrusion, crowd gathering, direction deviation and/or post event evaluation including vehicle and color recognition, symbol recognition, etc. The performance of the video analytics software will be evaluated by assessing the accuracy of its generated alerts on a set of video streams obtained from the CPD camera network. For more information, visit http://mirc1.mirc.iit.edu/downloads/video-rfi-2/

 
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Ransomware Poses Tremendous Threat to Police Departments
Government Technology, (03/09/2016), Tod Newcombe

A growing number of government agencies, including numerous law enforcement departments, are falling victim to ransomware, wherein a cybercriminal breaches a system, encrypts the files and then demands payment to unlock them. Law enforcement agencies tend to be small and do not have sophisticated protection systems, making them particularly vulnerable to such attacks. The simplest way to deal with such attacks is back up files and keep virus protection up to date.
Link to Article

Fla. Detective Put on Vest Before Traffic Stop
Officer.com, (3/10/2016), Dana Treen

A Jacksonville (Fla.) Sheriff's Office detective who donned his ballistic-resistant vest before making a traffic stop survived an attack in what may have been an attempted "suicide by cop." The detective, who has not been identified, was in the process of taking his 14-year-old son to school when he stopped Kevin Ryan Rojas for driving erratically. He survived wounds in the head, body and hand, and was listed in critical but stable condition following surgery.
Link to Article

Students Learn Impact of Impaired, Distracted Driving
New Canaan Advertiser, (03/10/2016), Justin Stock

New Canaan High School students recently had the opportunity to use impaired driving goggles to experience a simulation that drives home the dangers of impaired driving. As part of the same program, students received a bag in which to store cellphones while driving, and will also experience seat belt convincers and a rollover machine. The school resource officer and other officers from the New Canaan Police Department led the implementation of the New Canaan Safe Driving Week.
Link to Article

Miss. Officer Wounded; Gunman Sought
Officer.com, (03/09/2016)

An officer investigating an armed robbery call was grazed in the side by a bullet but saved by his ballistic-resistant vest on Wednesday morning. Officer Abe Gines of the Jackson (Miss.) Police Department returned fire, with the suspect fleeing the scene. Gines was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Link to Article

Campbell Police Department Launches New App
San Jose Mercury News, (03/15/2016), Jasmine Leyva

The Campbell (Calif.) Police Department has launched a new free mobile app, designed by MobilePD, that allows area residents to receive alerts, view crime maps and make crime reports. They can also register home surveillance cameras, and if a crime takes place in nearby, the police can then request access to the camera footage.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Prison Uniforms Make it Harder to "Go Straight"
Newsweek, (03/07/2016), Susie Neilson

The Utah Department of Corrections recently changed the color of its women's uniforms to plum and lifted a ban on cosmetics, and saw a resulting drop in disciplinary problems. These changes may be the result of allowing the women to see themselves as people, rather than prisoners, and encouraging them to change their behavior accordingly.
Link to Article

Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview
United States Sentencing Commission, March 2016

This report provides a broad overview of key findings from the U.S. Sentencing Commission's study of recidivism of federal offenders. The Commission studied offenders who were either released from federal prison after serving a sentence of imprisonment or placed on a term of probation in 2005. Nearly half (49.3%) of such offenders were rearrested within eight years for either a new crime or for some other violation of the condition of their probation or release conditions. This report discusses the Commission's recidivism research project and provides many additional findings from that project. In the future, the Commission will release additional publications discussing specific topics concerning recidivism of federal offenders (published abstract).
Link to Article

Why So Many Jails Are Embracing Aquaponics
The Atlantic City Lab, (03/11/2016), Tovin Lapin

Aquaponics partners aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics, the science of gardening without soil. It uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing methods, does not use pesticides and grows food faster. As part of a movement to teach inmates job skills and increase operational efficiencies, corrections facilities nationwide are installing aquaponics programs and converting conventional gardens to the technology.
Link to Article

Body Scanner Detects Contraband That Prisoners Try to Sneak Into Jail
CantonRep.com, (03/11/2016), Lori Monsewicz

Stark County (Ohio) installed a RadPro SecurPass digital security system body scanner on February 26. In the first week of use, staff caught four newly booked prisoners trying to smuggle illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and other contraband into the jail. The scanner can detect drugs, plastic, liquid explosives, copper wires and even weapons.
Link to Article

 
Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:
www.justnet.org/calendar/calendar.html

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives, April 7-8, 2016, Boston, Ma.
  • Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, April 9-12, 2016,
    Nashville, Tenn.
  • North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents 2016 Training Conference, April 12-15, 2016, Tulsa, Ok.
  • Corrections Technology Association 2016 Technology Summit, May 15-18, 2016, Scottsdale, Az.
  • Association of Paroling Authorities International 2016 Annual Training Conference, May 15-18, 2016, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • American Jail Association 35th Annual Conference and Jail Expo, May 22-25, 2016, Austin, Texas
  • Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA)
    2016 Annual Conference and Training Event, June 12-15, 2016, Ocean City, Md.
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice 43rd Annual Conference and Training Institute, July 17-21, 2016, Dallas, Texas
  • 71st Annual International CEA Conference and Training Event, Correctional Education Association, July 31 – August 3, 2016, Long Beach, Ca.
  • American Correctional Association – 146th Congress of Correction, August 5-10, 2016, Boston, Ma.
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, Oh.
 
 
 
 
 

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