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March 31, 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

New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 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

FY 2016 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016

Research on "Sentinel Events" and Criminal Justice System Errors, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 17, 2016

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program , Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016

FY 2016 Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 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

Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Models Added to NIJ Compliant List

The following body armor models were recently added to the list of armor models that comply with the National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic-Resistance of Body Armor. To view the entire list, go to

Listed Companies

Model Designation



Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc.




Armor Express, Inc.




Survival Armor




Webinar on Domestic Radicalization and Violent Extremism Solicitation

The National Institute of Justice will hold a webinar on its "Building Knowledge About Preventing Domestic Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the U.S." solicitation on April 1 at 2 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar and to review the solicitation, go to

 New National Institute of Justice Solicitations:

  • Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
    The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, which provides funding for rigorous research to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The deadline for applications is May 27, 2016.
  • DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program
    The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for funding for the FY 2016 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction program. This program provides funds to eligible states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to process, record, screen and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples; and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis. The deadline for applications is May 23, 2016.

For information on these and other NIJ solicitations, go to

Report: Understanding Attacks Using Knives & Cutting Instruments

A report is available that summarizes the activities related to support of the first three phases of the stab weapons' characterization program being conducted by Wayne State University for the development of an updated stab/slash body armor performance standard. To download Characterization of Weapons Used in Stab Attacks - Phase II: Surrogate Development, Final Report, go to (The National Institute of Justice has made this report available through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. This report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.)
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Narcan Saves Four Lives in One Day
Eagle-Tribune, (03/23/2016), Peter Francis

During one day in March, the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan, was used to save the lives of four people in Haverhill, Mass., according to police. The incidents brought the total overdoses in the city this year to 61, six of which were fatal. During the same period last year, the city had 50 overdoses, five of them fatal. Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh said the city has seen three or four overdoses in one day before, adding, "We raise red flags when we see five, six, or seven in a few hours. When we see them in a compressed amount of time, we try to get the word out on social media to warn that there may possibly be a tainted batch on the street." Det. Capt. Robert Pistone said increased use of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that dealers are including in batches of heroin, is to blame for the rise in overdoses.
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Bed-Stuy Police Officers Will Be Handing Out Their Cellphone Numbers to Residents
Bed-Stuy Patch, (03/28/2016), John V. Santore

Residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn will be provided the cell phone numbers of some police officers as part of an effort to build community relationships. The NYPD's 79th precinct has about 265 officers. Starting this summer, 32 officers will be broken up into four teams of eight, and each team will spend time in one of four new districts carved from the 79th. Police said the officers will regularly attend community meetings and will focus on both crime and quality-of-life issues.
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Gunshot Detection System Will Soon Cover All of Hartford
Hartford Courant, (03/28/2016), Vinny Vella

The Hartford Police Department is expanding its use of a gunshot detection system. The coverage area of its ShotSpotter gunshot detection system will be bumped up from 3 to 11.25 square miles. With the expansion, the Connecticut city will have nearly 200 of the acoustic sensors, which are usually mounted on utility poles and building exteriors. The new equipment will cost about $500,000 to install, with the amount divided between the city's general fund and a state grant. The city first began using the technology in 2011.
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Tampa Police Officer Saved by Ballistic Vest, (3/28/2016), Kristen Mitchell for the Tampa Tribune

Investigators says that Tampa police Officer Jose Rodriguez was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest on March 26, when a reported altercation outside the Hyatt Place Hotel turned into a gunfight. Rodriguez was shot in the upper chest when one of the two men involved in the altercation opened fire on the officer. Both unidentified suspects were fatally shot at the scene.
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Safe-Exchange Zones Monitor Completion of Online Deals
Lake County News-Sun, (03/28/2016), Frank S. Abderholden

The police department in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., is among the latest law enforcement agencies to establish a safe exchange zone for buyers and sellers to complete online purchases in person. A security camera will monitor the safe zone area constantly, which is located outside the police station.
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Corrections News

Heroin Overdose Antidote Offers Hope for Vulnerable Inmates
The Associated Press, (03/23/2016), Sadie Gurman

Some prisons are training inmates who are scheduled to be released on how to administer naloxone, which is used to reverse opiate overdoses. Inmates are taught how to administer the naloxone nasal spray, which they can take with them when they are released from prison. The drug is already available for police, paramedics, drug users and their families. Areas with some participating correctional institutions include San Francisco, New York state, Colorado, Rhode Island and Washington.
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Bureau of Prisons Wants Solutions for Blocking Illegal Cell Phone Use
Federal Times, (03/25/2016), Aaron Boyd

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is seeking ways to block illegal cell phone use by inmates. The agency issued a request for information early this year and reopened it in March, seeking a contractor that can create a blackout zone within prisons while allowing authorized devices to function. BOP contracting officials noted broad communications jamming is illegal, so the proposed solutions would have to offer other means of detecting and blocking signals from prohibited devices. Jamming could be a potential part of a larger solution, but the vendor would need to explain how it would get the proper authorization to use such equipment on U.S. soil.
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Missouri Takes Steps to Address the "Graying" of Prison Population
Public News Service-MO, (03/28/2016)

Missouri is one state that has taken the initiative to accommodate an aging prison population. Linda Redford, director of the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kansas, notes that Missouri has set up enhanced-care units in some larger prisons. In some cases, inmates are learning health-care skills by helping take care of each other. Some states have an early-release program for elderly prisoners.
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Kennebec County Program Aims to Help Women Stay Out of Jail
Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, (03/27/2016), Betty Adams

A Maine jail has revamped a program to reduce recidivism among inmates. The Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy program at the Kennebec County Jail had been inactive due to lack of funding. The jail is restarting the program for female inmates with $120,000 provided by the state legislature. A program for men will begin after the women's program has been operating for 12 weeks. The program seeks to help people avoid rearrest by addressing their substance abuse and criminal thinking.
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Drone Helps Fremont Police Capture Prison Escapee, (03/09/2016), Kristian Brown

Police in Fremont, Ohio, used a drone in March to help find an inmate shortly after he had escaped the Sandusky County Jail. It was the second day of the department's training with the $3,000 device. The suspect was returned to the jail. Fremont police said once officers are fully trained on drone technology, they plan to hold a presentation for the public on how drones can be helpful to the department.
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Henry County Sheriff's Office First in Georgia to Use Iris Scanners When Booking Inmates at Jail
Henry Herald, (03/28/2016), Kayla Langmaid

The Henry County Sheriff's Office in McDonough, Ga., is using a booking device at the county jail that uses the detail of the human eye to make identifications. The Inmate Recognition and Identification System takes an automatic picture of inmates' eyes during intake and release processing. The system enables jail staff to positively identify previously enrolled individuals in seconds, regardless of when and where they were originally arrested and enrolled in the national I.R.I.S. repository. Inmates are still fingerprinted at the jail, but the iris scanner is an additional level of identification and security.
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Differentiating Serious Adolescent Offenders Who Exit the Justice System From Those Who Do Not
Criminology, Volume 54, Issue 1, February 2016, Carol A. Schubert, Edward P. Mulvey and Lindsay Pitzer

This study examines the broad relation of life changes and developmental patterns to wholesale shifts in offending behavior in late adolescence and early adulthood. The study uses data from the Pathways to Desistance study of teenage criminals to compare the developmental patterns of two groups of adolescent male offenders: those that successfully stayed out of the criminal justice system and those that did not. Findings from growth curve analyses indicate that patterns of change in criminal attitudes, psychosocial development and legal employment over the follow-up period are related to an absence of offending.
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Want to Reduce Incarceration Rates? Targeted Surveillance Can Help
Brookings, (03/15/2016), Jennifer L. Doleac

Targeted surveillance programs for offenders can deter criminal activity and reduce incarceration rates. Examples include a program called 24/7 Sobriety, under which individuals arrested or convicted for alcohol-related offenses must submit to breathalyzer tests every day or wear a continuous alcohol monitoring bracelet. Electronic monitoring technology, which tracks an individual's location, is being used for people on parole as an alternative to incarceration. The use of DNA databases allows law enforcement to match offenders to crimes quickly.
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Don't Deny Occupations to Ex-Offenders
Illinois Times, (03/17/2016), Danielle Stanley

Ex-offenders can have difficulty finding employment following release from prison, and lack of employment can thwart successful re-entry into the community. A study conducted by the Alliance for a Just Society said Illinois has 258 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. Examples include occupational license denial or restrictions for barbers and athletic trainers. A bill introduced in the Illinois state legislature says the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may not refuse to issue a license because of convictions unless the crime substantially and directly relates to the occupation for which the license is sought.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • 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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