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April 6, 2017

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2017, application due date is April 24, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is April 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

FY 2017 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), application due date is April 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System, application due date is May 8, 2017 11:59 p.m.

NIJ Evaluation of OVC’s Vision 21: Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm Program, application due date is May 15, 2017 11:59 p.m.

FY2017 BJA National Initiatives – Adjudications: Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment, application due date is May 16, 2017 11:59 p.m.

PREA Program: Strategic Support for PREA Implementation in Local Confinement Facilities Nationwide FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement, application due date is May 25, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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

Check Out's New Look!, the NLECTC System's "one-stop shop" for information on body armor, has a new, easy-to-navigate interface. Visit today to check out features such as body armor FAQs, information on selection and fit, body armor saves in the news and more.

Visit the BJA Success Stories Website for Valuable Lessons Learned

At, you can read success stories about how law enforcement agencies have successfully used various Bureau of Justice Assistance programs, or submit one of your own you'd like to share. Success stories identify and highlight BJA-funded statewide, local and/or subgrantee projects that have demonstrated success or have shown promise in meeting BJA program objectives and goals while positively impacting communities.

Register Now for Corrections Technology Association Conference

Registration is now open at for the 18th Annual Corrections Technology Association Summit in St. Louis, Mo., May 21-24, 2017. Join fellow practitioners and solution providers for an action-packed agenda focused on technology unique to the corrections industry. Follow CTA on twitter @CORRTECH2017 for important updates.

New Issue of Smart Policing Initiative Update Available

Go to to read the March 2017 issue of Smart Police Initiative Update, the online newsletter from BJA's Smart Policing Initiative. You can read about recent updates to the SPI website, visit new websites on crime gun investigation and improving law enforcement investigations, and check out new resources and upcoming events.

National White Collar Crime Center Offers Virtual Currency Training

Visit to access CI 104 Virtual Currency, a new NW3C training covering basic information and concepts on virtual currencies and their relationship to other types of currency. It covers various types of virtual currency, including the difference between decentralized and centralized currencies, with a strong focus on Bitcoin: what it is, how it is stored and Bitcoin-specific investigative tips and techniques. Individuals must have an NW3C online learning account and be employed by a law enforcement organization to access this 30-minute free course.

JUSTINFO: Read the Latest Issue Online

The latest issue of JUSTINFO, the online newsletter of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, can be located at Read about the latest activities, funding opportunities, events and more from the U.S. Department of Justice agencies that make up NCJRS.

VALOR for Blue Webinar Focuses on Handling Difficult Encounters

"Defusing Difficult Encounters" on Wednesday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, focuses on enhancing law enforcement officers' abilities to evaluate situations that they may encounter, apply general defusing principles and methods, and make appropriate tactical decisions to resolve fluid, dynamic and uncertain situations. For more information and to find out how to register for this free online webinar, visit You can also get more information on this topic from a new VALOR for Blue Spotlight on Safety at

DHS Snapshot Focuses on Predictive Analysis

Visit to read a new Snapshot from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, "DHS S&T's Predictive Analysis Tools Illustrate Model Behavior." This online article looks at how S&T helps the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations Center with monitoring non-commercial aircraft.

Webinar on Smart Policing Set for May 10

Go to for information and to register for a May 10, 2017, webinar from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative on "New Findings in SPI." This webinar will feature four SPI sites — Boston; Cambridge, Mass.; Los Angeles; and Rochester, N.Y. — that recently completed their evaluation research. During the 2 p.m. event, representatives from each site will highlight the "smart policing" process implemented (data analysis, strategy development and implementation), as well as the process and outcome evaluation findings as they relate to their projects. Since SPI began in 2009, more than 50 SPI projects have been funded to test and evaluate evidence-based policing tactics and strategies.

Online Article Focuses on the Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children

At, you can read a recently released online article from the National Institute of Justice on "Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children." The article, which discusses the "profound and complex threats to their emotional, physical, educational and financial well-being," was originally published in Issue No. 278 of the NIJ Journal; more on the issue can be found at

Read Latest Issue of AJAlert

Visit to read the latest issue of AJAlert, the online newsletter of the American Jail Association. You can participate in a Reentry and Reintegration Strategies Survey, learn about upcoming events and sign up for an AJA webinar.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

AT&T to Build Wireless Network for First Responders
CBSMiami, (03/30/2017), Oralia Ortega
The U.S. Department of Commerce has picked AT&T to build and operate a new nationwide broadband communications network exclusively for use by police, firefighters and other first responders. The creation of the network, which has been in the planning stages since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, will allow seamless communication among agencies and jurisdictions during emergencies. Each state can elect to opt in or opt out of the network, but must provide something similar for its first responders if it does not participate.
Link to Article

Iowa State Police Use Twitter Like Another Tool on Its Belt
Iowa State Daily, (03/29/2017), Danielle Gehr
Anthony Greiter, social media coordinator for the Iowa State University police department, has used color and humor as he has built a Twitter following of more than 17,000. He says he has found humor the best way to reach his audience, which consists mainly of young university students; the department then can count on reaching a large audience when it needs to quickly spread important information related to emergencies and crimes.
Link to Article

Police Give Domestic Violence Victims Cell Phones for 911 Calls
KOB4, (04/05/2017), Devin Neely
Farmington, N.M., area residents are encouraged to donate older, unused cell phones and chargers to the Farmington Police Department. Victim advocates will pass them on to victims of domestic violence who have no other way to contact authorities. The phones should be factory reset. New Mexico had more than 17,500 reported incidents of domestic violence in 2015.
Link to Article

Volunteers on Lookout for Speeding Cars in Menomonie, Wis.
Fox 9, (04/03/2017), Allie Johnson
In Menomonie, Wis., pairs of volunteers that complete police department training can check out radar units and conduct speed watches in their own neighborhoods. One "traffic tamer" runs the radar unit, while the other takes down the vehicle's information. The law enforcement agency then sends letters of warning to the owners of the reported vehicles.
Link to Article

New Digital Radio System to Improve Emergency Communications in Horry County
WMBF News, (04/04/2017), Amy Lipman
Horry County, S.C., implemented a switchover that took three years to complete recently, moving from a 1989 analog radio system to a new digital one. The switchover had been scheduled for later this month, but became a necessity when a tower belonging to the analog system went down. The digital system can reroute itself in the event of a similar occurrence in the future, and eliminates spotty coverage in rural areas and among the high-rises of Myrtle Beach.
Link to Article

Courts News

Inquirer Editorial: Witnesses' Fear of Seeing Photos on Social Media Has Been Eased, (04/04/2017)
This opinion piece by Philadelphia Inquirer staff applauds a new policy at Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center that requires people to put their cellphones in a pouch that blocks their use. The city has purchased 4,500 pouches at a total cost of $50,000, aimed at blocking attempts to intimidate witnesses by taking their photos during testimony and posting them on social media.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Cuomo Agrees to Restore $2.6M Budget Slot for Prison Visitation After Outcry Over His Proposal to Cut Back Days
New York Daily News, (03/30/2017), Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett
In reaction to protests from the corrections community and state lawmakers, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to restore $2.6 million cut from the state budget that would have resulted in cutting the number of days each week on which state prisoners could have visitors from seven to three. Funding 39 additional staff positions will allow facilities to continue their policy of allowing visitors every day of the week. Numerous studies have stressed the importance of regular family contact in the rehabilitation process.
Link to Article

Tablets Let Inmates Go Online at Polk County Jail
U.S. News and World Report, (03/30/2017), Associated Press
Inmates in the Polk County (Iowa) Jail can explore the Internet, watch movies and contact their loved ones as part of a pilot project providing access to tablet computers. Provided by Telmate, use of the tablets costs inmates three to five cents a minute, which is deducted from their commissary accounts. The program began operation March 9.
Link to Article

For Jail-hardened Inmates, Dogs Are Bringing Out a Softer Side
Dallas Morning News, (03/31/2017), Naomi Martin
Home for Hounds, a new program at the Dallas County Jail, pairs inmates with shelter dogs in a program aimed at teaching both men and dogs "new tricks." Inmates adhere to a strict training schedule, getting up at 5 a.m. to feed the dogs and teach them basic obedience. The animals were scheduled to be euthanized, but the hope is that with their newly acquired skills, they will become strong candidates for adoption. The program is funded by commissary funds.
Link to Article

Manatee Jail's 'Recovery Pods' a Success in Year One, With Room for Improvement
ABC7, (03/31/2017)
In the past year, more than 500 men and women have participated in a "Recovery Pod" program in Florida's Manatee Jail, receiving around-the-clock counseling for more than 90 days. Run by volunteers and encompassing 30 beds each for men and women, the program's goal is to change the way that inmates think about their addiction and to promote focus on recovery.
Link to Article

Bees Are Slowly Going Extinct. These Prisoners Are Trying To Stop That.
Huffington Post, (04/04/2017), Dominique Mosbergen
More than 50 inmates at seven Washington State prisons are engrossed in tending 30 honeybee hives. The inmates are getting training that will help them become journeymen, perhaps even master beekeepers, while the program also gives a boost to the state's threatened honeybee population.
Link to Article

Texas Inmate Wins Orthodox Jews the Right to Kosher Meals in Prison, (04/04/2017), Tom Uhler for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
In Texas, an inmate has won a 12-year legal battle with the state, giving all Orthodox Jewish inmates in the Texas correctional system access to kosher meals. Texas had been one of only a few states that refused to provide kosher meals to inmates, citing the cost.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 11th Annual National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 19-21, 2017
New Publications

Applying Internal Validation Guidelines for Expanded STR Loci Kits,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Federal Investment in Forensic Science Research and Development,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Forensic Optical Topography: Landscape Study,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

FTCoE 2016 Annual Report,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Massively Parallel Sequencing: Application to Forensics,
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence,

Applied Research, Development, and Method Validation for a Statistically Based Comparison of Tool Marks using GelSight-Based Three Dimensional Imaging and Novel Comparison Algorithms for Firearm Forensics,
National Institute of Justice,

Comparison of Microspectrophotometry and Room-Temperature Fluorescence Excitation-Emission Matrix Spectroscopy for Non-Destructive Forensic Fiber Examination,
National Institute of Justice,

Degraded Ignitable Liquids Database: An Applied Study of Weathering and Bacterial Degradation on the Chromatographic Patterns of ASTM E 1618 Ignitable Liquid Classes,
National institute of Justice,

Development of a Mobile, Automated Tool Mark Characterization/Comparison System,
National Institute of Justice,

Differential Sampling of Footwear to Separate Relevant Evidentiary Particles from Background Noise,
National Institute of Justice,

Experimental Evaluation of a Family Strengthening Intervention To Enhance Post-release Adjustment for Reentering Fathers and Improve Child Well-Being,
National Institute of Justice

Gunshot Residue in a Non-Firearm Detainee Population,
National Institute of Justice,

Impact of Community Treatment and Neighborhood Disadvantage on Recidivism in Mental Health Courts,
National Institute of Justice,

The Interpretation of Patterned Injuries in Medicolegal Death Investigation,
National Institute of Justice,

Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Analyses of Paper, Inks, and Soils,
National Institute of Justice,

Measuring the Frequency Occurrence of Handwriting and Hand-Printing Characteristics,
National Institute of Justice,

Pursuit Technology Impact Assessment v1.1,
National Institute of Justice Research, Technology & Evaluation Center,

Translational Criminology - Research and Public Policy: Final Summary Report
National Institute of Justice,

NIST Interagency Report 8173: Face In Video Evaluation (FIVE) Face Recognition of Non-Cooperative Subjects,
National Institute of Standards and Technology,

A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model,
National Gang Center for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,


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