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May 5, 2016

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Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

FY 2016 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR), Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2016

Research and Evaluation on Victims of Crime, Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2016

NLECTC Spotlight

NLECTC Minutes: Eyes in the Sky: How Law Enforcement Uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Click the image to view the NLECTC Minute on our NLECTC YouTube Channel.

"Eyes in the Sky: How Law Enforcement Uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems (video)," National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, (

National Institute of Justice introduces the Justice Technology Information Center

A component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System, the new JTIC is a part of NIJ's comprehensive strategy to more effectively serve the changing information-gathering needs of key decision makers in law enforcement, courts and corrections agencies.

JTIC is the go-to source for those who make decisions for criminal justice agencies regarding the evaluation, selection and purchase of equipment and technology. As a comprehensive resource portal for professionals to gather information on innovations in technology that are transforming the criminal justice system, JTIC is designed to provide these decision makers with the timely, relevant and unbiased information they need to select and acquire equipment that has been evaluated and proven to be effective and safe.

For more information on JTIC, go to

JUSTNET Has a New Look and Feel: Come See!

JUSTNET, the official website of the NLECTC System, has a new look and feel. You will still find all the information you need to know about the National Institute of Justice Compliance Testing Program, including the Compliant Products Lists of equipment tested against various NIJ standards, and the site is now organized into easy-to-use categories of information for law enforcement, courts and corrections professionals. Visit today!

 Public Comment Period on Gun Safety Open

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks feedback from the public on draft test procedures developed for the Gun Safety Technology Challenge, published here: The document describes test methods to provide a basis to determine whether the addition of a smart gun technology does or does not significantly reduce the reliability of the firearm system compared to existing firearms.

To submit comments, please send an email to Please indicate the page number, section number and the line number associated with each comment. Comments may also be provided as a markup of the Word document. Please provide contact information with your submission. Deadline for submission is close of business on June 13, 2016. For more information, visit

 Survey on Protective Gloves Closes Soon

An ASTM Task Group needs input from law enforcement and corrections officers to help inform the development of a standard on protective gloves used during the performance of duties. To participate in the needs and requirements survey, please click on
and complete a brief questionnaire. Deadline for completion is Friday, May 20. For more information, contact Cassy Robinson at

 Latest Issue of OJJDP News@AGlance Available Online

Visit to read the March/April issue of OJJDP News@AGlance, the online newsletter of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Feature articles focus on child abuse prevention, National Reentry Week, unintended consequences of mandatory and pro-arrest policies on girls, OJJDP support for tribal youth and more.

You can subscribe to receive the bimonthly newsletter in your inbox at

 Smart Policing Initiative April Newsletter Available Online

to read the April 2016 issue of Smart Policing Initiatives Updates, the online newsletter of that Bureau of Justice Assistance program. This issue includes information on webinars and workshops, details about the availability of new resources and more.

 Read the Latest JUSTINFO Online

You can read the latest issue of JUSTINFO, the biweekly newsletter from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, at The newsletter includes announcements, funding opportunities, new publications and more from the NCJRS partner agencies. To subscribe to receive it in your inbox, visit

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Dallas Police to Try 'Sponge Guns' to Help Avoid Deadly Shootings
KERA, (04/28/2016), Lauren Silverman

Over the summer, the Dallas Police Department plans to implement use of sponge guns that look like grenade launchers and shoot hard 40 mm sponge-like rounds. With a range of 100 feet and a cost of $800 per weapon, the sponge guns represent a less lethal alternative that the department hopes may save lives.
Link to Article

Grand Forks Drone Unit Cleared to Fly Nationwide Missions
Bismarck Tribune, (04/29/2016), David Kolpack

The Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks, N.D., recently received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to respond, on request, to natural disasters, crime scenes or search-and-rescue missions anywhere in the nation. Grand Forks has four pilots with commercial licenses, allowing the unit to fly drones at night and operate in restricted airspace. It is one of only two state agencies in the country with that capability.
Link to Article

Scanner Silence: Buncombe Sheriff's Department Encrypts Radio Traffic for Officer Safety
MountainXpress, (04/29/2016), Able Allen

In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department has replaced its radios with new units that allow the agency to encrypt its internal communications. Only Buncombe County personnel and officers from the Asheville Police Department serving on a joint DWI task force can understand the communications. The move came about because citizens were picking up police communications and posting information on Facebook that could put officers' lives in danger, the sheriff said.
Link to Article
EDITORIAL: On Horse Patrol in the RGV to Catch Immigrants and Traffickers
The Monitor, (05/02/2016)

The RGV Sector Horse Patrol unit, a part of the U.S. Border Patrol, sends agents paired with formerly wild mustangs on nightly patrols to help locate immigrants trying to cross illegally into South Texas.
Working in partnership with other units using modern technology, mounted agents have made hundreds of apprehensions in the past four years, arresting human traffickers and stopping narcotics and contraband from entering this country all because they can patrol remote areas inaccessible to cars or on foot.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Full-body Scanners to Be Installed in All Adult Correctional Facilities
Ontario Newsroom, (05/03/2016)

The Province of Ontario has begun a two-year project to install full-body scanners in all of its 26 adult correctional facilities. The system safely scans persons for contraband. Prior to launching the project, Ontario conducted a successful six-month pilot at the Toronto South Detention Centre.
Link to Article

Origin of Toy Drone That Flew Over Michigan Prison Wall Still Unknown
MLive, (05/02/2016), Benjamin Raven

Staff at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, Mich., recently completed training on what to do in the event a drone is spotted, and they put the training to the test last week when they found a USB-powered Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Heli Ball on center grounds. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Heli Balls sell for around $14 on Amazon and are advertised as being able to "hover 15-feet indoors." The origin of the toy is being investigated.
Link to Article

Video Hearings Improving Court Security
Sioux City Journal, (05/01/2016), Nick Hytrek

Woodbury County is one of at least six Iowa counties now conducting initial court appearances through a closed-circuit network. Using video cameras, television monitors and microphones, judges seated in courtrooms communicate with inmates who remain in the jail's booking area. An initial hearing must take place with 24 hours of an arrest and usually takes less than five minutes.
Link to Article

U.S. Attorney General Lynch Emphasizes Access to IDs for People Leaving Prisons in #ReentryWeek Announcement
Council of State Governments Justice Center, (04/27/2016)

During Reentry Week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called on state governments to work with the U.S. Department of Justice to enable people leaving federal prisons to use their Bureau of Prisons inmate ID card and official release documentation to secure state-issued IDs. This step would help to standardize the process for providing people returning to the community after incarceration with identification. The announcement came in conjunction with the release of a fact sheet by the National Reentry Resource Center (, which provides a model for issuing state identification for people leaving prisons and jails.
Link to Article

Feds Act to Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid
WHQR, (04/29/2016), Jay Hancock

The federal government is encouraging states to begin signing inmates up for Medicaid prior to release and is also expanding eligibility to thousands of individuals in halfway houses. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 made nearly all ex-prisoners eligible for Medicaid in states that chose to expand the state and federal insurance program for the poor, but correctional facilities have been slow to sign up released inmates.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 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.
New Publications

Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index (NCJ 249568),
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard 0117.01,
National Institute of Justice,

2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction,
U.S. Department of Justice,


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