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In This Issue: April 4, 2019
 
NLECTC Spotlight

National Institute of Justice Releases NIJ Journal No. 280 on Law Enforcement and Policing

NIJ Journal No. 280 is themed around law enforcement and policing, and discusses some of the many ways NIJ has committed to advancing the law enforcement profession through science, from building in-house law enforcement research capacity to understanding the ways that artificial intelligence, body-worn cameras and other technologies have transformed criminal justice. Read the issue at https://nij.gov/journals/280/pages/welcome.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

Closing Soon

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.

FY 2019 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula). All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2019.

Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants. 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.

Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17, 2019.

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

National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR). All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27, 2019.

Prosecuting Cold Cases using DNA and Other Forensic Technologies. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP). All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program. All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2019.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). All applications are due by 7:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 31, 2019.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Webinar Transcript: Graduate Research Fellowships in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

Sheriff's Office Encourages Residents to Use New 'Property DNA' Adhesive to Help Recover Stolen Items
WYDaily, (03/27/2019), Sarah Fearing
The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office in Virginia is offering "DNA for Property” to local residents as a way to identify property and register it in a national database. Individuals generate a unique PIN and use the device to mark items invisibly with the PIN. The PIN appears under an ultraviolent light, allowing law enforcement to locate the items' owners.
Link to Article

Toward Zero Deaths Switches Gears, Targets Highway 371 in Crow Wing, Cass Counties
Brainerd Dispatch, (03/27/2019), Frank Lee
As one of 13 counties in Minnesota targeted by the state Department of Transportation for having the highest rates of alcohol-related deaths and injuries, Crow Wing County has taken a proactive approach by implementing the Toward Zero Deaths project. The project presently focuses on the Highway 210 Corridor Project in Crow Wing and neighboring Cass County, and involves the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby and Deerwood police departments. Alcohol-related crashes were reduced by 24 percent in 2018.
Link to Article

A New Program Pairs Mental Health Specialists With Police Officers in Hopes of Directing People Toward Help — Rather Than Jail
Inlander, (03/28/2019), Josh Kelety
The Spokane (Wash.) Police Department's new Community Diversion Unit teams up a mental health clinician and a neighborhood resource officer to help individuals suffering from addiction, mental illness and homelessness access the services they need, rather than putting them in jail. This article looks at how one team provides assistance to several individuals during the course of a shift.
Link to Article

On Reddit, Police Are Having Conversations They Can't on Facebook or Twitter
CNET, (04/01/2019), Alfred Ng
Law enforcement agencies increasingly are adding Reddit accounts to their use of Facebook, Instragram and Twitter. Using the popular social media platform helps departments engage with a different segment of the population, and using its "Ask Me Anything” feature allows an agency to create a virtual press conference that expands the way a department can share information with the community.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Federal Bills Would Let State Prisons Jam Cellphone Signals
10News, (03/29/2019), Meg Kinnard for the Associated Press
Recently proposed legislation would allow federal correctional facilities to jam cellular signals on their campuses. Corrections officials say that the use of contraband cellphones is the top security threat they face, but the Federal Communications Commission has maintained that such activity is prohibited.
Link to Article

Not Going to 'Waste Away,' Minnesota Inmates Work Toward Four-year Degrees
Duluth Tribune, (03/30/2019), Josh Verges for the St. Paul Pioneer Press
Nearly 200 inmates recently received four-year college degrees at a ceremony held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater. Thanks to the 2018 restoration of Pell Grant eligibility, inmates at Stillwater, Shakopee and Moose Lake can now earn their degrees by using tablet technology available through the Second Chance program. Two-year degree programs are also available.
Link to Article

Seeding Success
Lewiston Tribune, (03/31/2019), Kathy Hedberg
A certified gardening program at the North Idaho Correctional Institution teaches inmates how to grow greenhouse seedlings and prepare them for free distribution to nonprofits such as community gardens. The eight- to 10-week course, coordinated through Lewis-Clark State College, has been in existence for five years. The program is one of several gardening projects operating in the state's correctional facilities.
Link to Article

Philadelphia Department of Prisons Will Begin Offering Buprenorphine to Male Inmates Again
WHYY, (04/01/2019), Nina Feldman
Following a three-month hiatus, the Philadelphia jail can once again accept male inmates into its Suboxone program. The program had to halt new admissions when its certified addiction specialist took another job. After failing to hire another specialist with a 275-patient quota, the program applied for, and received, an emergency waiver to resume new admissions.
Link to Article

'60 Minutes' Goes Inside CT Prison to See German-style Experiment
CT Post, (04/01/2019), Lisa Backus
The state of Connecticut's T.R.U.E. program at the Cheshire Correctional Institute pairs young men between the ages of 18 and 25 with "lifers” who assist in providing them with counseling and incentives to accept personal responsibility. The older prisoners feel that they are giving back by helping these younger prisoners learn behaviors that will help keep them out of prison on release; the project, recently profiled on "60 Minutes,” is based on a German model.
Link to Article

Free Prisons Calls Could Finally Be Coming to Connecticut
The Intercept, (04/02/2019), Rachel M. Cohen
Proposed legislation in Connecticut would make phone calls free for prisoners, who currently pay one of the highest calling rates among the nation's incarcerated populations. The bill also stipulates that should the state begin to offer video visitation, that it would be free as well. New York City already has made phone calls free for prisoners, and other cities and states are also looking at following suit.
Link to Article

 
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