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In This Issue: April 5, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Indicators of School Crime and Safety

The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics have released Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017. This annual report contains data on 23 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and campus safety and security. To read the report, go to

Submit Ideas for NIJ Research to Be Presented at IACA Annual Conference

The National Institute of Justice is hosting a call for presentations to feature innovative research at the 2018 International Association of Crime Analysts Conference on Sept. 17-21, 2018, in Newport Beach, Calif. NIJ wants ideas that present the innovative use of geographic information systems and spatial data analysis for research, policy evaluation or development, or testing theory that has practical applications. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2018. For more information and to submit an application, see

Federal Funding Opportunities:

For a list of all NIJ funding opportunities, go to:

For a list of all OJP funding opportunities, go to:

Funding Update: Two School Safety Solicitations Canceled. The National Institute of Justice has canceled both Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and Research and Evaluation of Technologies to Improve School Safety solicitations. With the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the funding planned for these solicitations is no longer available for research and evaluation. Instead, it will be used for other purposes under the Stop School Violence Act of 2018. Any questions should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat

Fiscal Year 2018 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), all applications are due March 20, 2018.

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 6, 2018.

Communications Technologies Research and Evaluation for Law Enforcement and Corrections Applications, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Research and Evaluation in Corrections, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 23, 2018.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Applied Research and Development for Law Enforcement Applications, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2018.

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 May 7, 2018.

Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program (Formula), all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Prevention and Mitigation of Domestic Pathways to Terrorism, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research on Reducing Violence in Communities, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2018.

Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 22, 2018.

Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Criminal Justice Requirements and Resources Consortium, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 29, 2018.

Federal Funding Webinars:

Funding Webinar: Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice, April 04, 2018, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Recording Available: OJP FY 2018-19 Tribal Funding Policy Webinar

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 Enhances Digital Forensics
Troy Daily News, (03/28/2018), Cody Willoughby
A detective from the Miami County Sheriff's Office in Ohio was among two dozen law enforcement officers nationwide selected to attend a four-week digital forensics training course at the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Ala. The course included training on computer and cellphone forensics, and will allow participants to perform digital forensics themselves, rather than using outside help.
Link to Article

Fremont County Offers New 911 Text Service
KIFI/KIDK, (03/28/2018)
Fremont County, Idaho, has launched a text-to-911 emergency service. People can send a short text message to 911 for help when unable to make a 911 voice call, such as when the caller is hearing or voice impaired, a medical emergency renders the person incapable of speech, or in situations where speaking out loud could put the caller in danger,
Link to Article

Maryland Bill Would Put an Armed Officer in Every School
The Washington Post, (03/30/2018), Zach Shapiro for Associated Press
A bill being considered by the Maryland state legislature would put an armed school resource officer (SRO) in every public school. The bill is part of a four-bill package. Advocates label it the "deterrence" stage of the package, which also includes prevention, anticipation and protection stages. It is estimated that between 360 and 400 of the state's 1,400 public schools currently have an SRO.
Link to Article

AAA: Distracted Driving Now Biggest Danger on Roads
Ctpost, (03/30/2018), Jim Shay
Distracted driving has surpassed other behaviors as the biggest danger on the roads, according to a new AAA study. The organization's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found distracted driving surpasses aggressive, drunk, drugged and buzzed driving. The index measures attitudes and behaviors of people related to traffic safety. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they've talked on handheld cellphones while driving, and 35 percent admit they've sent a text or email.
Link to Article

Evolving Technology Enhances Safety, Reach of Law Enforcement
The Exponent Telegram, (03/30/2018), Darlene J. Swiger
The Harrison County Sheriff's Department in West Virginia has initiated an Information Sharing Hub. A data specialist and analyst examine data from various sources and compile it for patterns of crimes or drug overdoses. It is an example of how law enforcement agencies in the state are using advanced technology to enhance law enforcement operations.
Link to Article

New Idaho Law Now in Effect Means Those Who Threaten Schools Can Be Charged With a Felony, (04/03/2018), Julie Wootton-Greener
Under a new updated Idaho law, it is a misdemeanor to make a threat that disrupts school activities, and a felony if a person who makes a threat has a firearm or other deadly weapons. State law used to prevent prosecutors from bringing charges against someone who threatened a school while off-campus or electronically, such as through social media. The statute hadn't been updated in more than 10 years.
Link to Article

Wounded St. Tammany Deputy Justin Nail Remains in ICU But Full Recovery Expected
The New Orleans Advocate, (04/02/2018), Nick Reimann
A deputy in St. Tammany's Parish, La., is recovering following surgery for a wound sustained in a shootout with a suspect on Easter morning. The shot that wounded Justin Nail struck him below his ballistic-resistant vest; however, the vest stopped another bullet, lessening the extent of his injuries.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Prison Inmates' Access to Tablet Computers to Be Expanded
Delaware State News, (03/30/2018), Ian Gronau
Delaware's Department of Correction is developing a plan to eventually provide Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computers to more inmates. As part of a limited trial, inmates at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution have had access to tablets in the prison law library since October 2016. The department is wiring the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center for Wi-Fi as part of the plan to expand tablet access.
Link to Article

N.H. Governor Vetoes Bill Reforming Sentences for Parole Violators
Concord Monitor, (04/03/2018), Ethan DeWitt
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill to loosen sentencing for parole violators. The legislation was written to allow the state parole board flexibility for parole violators who need substance abuse treatment. Under state law, parolees automatically are subject to a 90-day recommittal period if they violate, and the state parole board can reduce that amount only under select conditions. The proposed bill would have allowed the 90 days to be shortened if the parolee entered into a residential substance abuse program. Parole officers opposed the bill, saying it would undermine the power that the threat of recommitment has over parolees.
Link to Article

Florida's New Criminal Justice Data Effort a Prelude to Sentencing, Corrections Reform, (04/02/2018), John Haughey
Beginning July 1, Florida will require counties to collect extensive criminal justice data and make it available in a publicly accessible database. The data-sharing requirement is "the first step" in gathering evidence to support the creation of a task force to identify ways to reform the state's $2.4 billion courts and correctional system, according to Florida Policy Institute Executive Director Joseph Pennisi. He said the new data collection law will provide accurate, measurable information necessary for a state task force to examine how criminal justice programs could be more effective, efficient and responsive if information was standardized and shared.
Link to Article

In South Carolina, the Fight Against Prison Contraband Continues on Multiple Fronts
The Post and Courier, (04/01/2018), Michael Majchrowicz and Gregory Yee
This article discusses efforts by South Carolina to stem the flow of contraband into the state's prisons, including raising pay for correctional officers, hiring additional staff and plans to use drone detection technology.
Link to Article

Parole? No Thanks. Man Turns Down Chance at Freedom for a Better Chance Outside Prison
Atlanta Journal Constitution, (04/02/2018), Rhonda Cook
This story discusses Georgia's transitional centers, also called halfway houses, and chronicles a Georgia prison inmate who turned down a chance at parole so he could have time in a transitional center to better prepare for release into the community. Among inmates released directly from prison, one in three will return; for inmates that go through a transitional center, only one in five wind up back behind bars, according to the Department of Corrections.
Link to Article

Nation's Largest Nonfederal Correctional System Installs Aspirating Smoke Detection in Another Facility, (04/02/2018), Ryan Sandler
Kern Valley State Prison in California has implemented aspirating smoke detection technology for fire protection. The system draws in air through small flexible tubing secured in air ducts. The air is analyzed continuously for the presence of minute smoke particles in a remote area up to 300 feet away that is inaccessible to inmates.
Link to Article

With More Women Inmates, This New York Prison Allows Them to Keep Their Babies
Public Radio International, (04/02/2018)
This article discusses the rise in incarceration of women in various parts of the United States and the world, as well as policies covering whether babies and young children can stay with their imprisoned mothers.
Link to Article

As Opioids Land More Women in Prison, Ohio Finds Alternative Treatments
PRI, (04/02/2018), Allison Herrera
This article reports on a comprehensive treatment program offered to women serving time at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. The Tapestry program provides help to keep inmates drug free and sober, to increase chances of success outside of prison.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts events go to:

  • 37th Annual American Jail Association Conference, Sacramento, CA, April 21-25, 2018
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) - Police Planner's Course, Scottsdale, AZ, April 30 - May 4, 2018,
    For information and registration, visit
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition, Omni Champions Gate Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL, July 23-27, 2018
  • 43rd Annual American Probation and Parole Association Training Institute, Philadelphia, PA, July 29–August 1, 2018
  • 148th Congress of Correction - American Correctional Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, August 2-7, 2018
  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, August 13-16, 2018

For additional information regarding School Safety events go to: (calendar events listed on the right hand side of the page).


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