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In This Issue: June 7, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

JTIC Offers Webinar on Streamlining Inmate Assignment

The Justice Technology information Center will hold a webinar on "Streamlining Inmate Assignment in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections" on Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenters will be Mohammad Shahabsafa and Tam´as Terlaky of Lehigh University, and Erin Brown, William F. Nicklow and Bret Bucklen of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. To register, visit After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Check Out the Latest in Green Corrections Technologies on the JUSTNET YouTube Channel

"Going Green = Saving $$ and Improving Offender Outcomes," an archived webinar with presenter Paul Sheldon from, looks at the corrections community's evolving perspective on sustainability-oriented practices. The webinar addresses cost savings via resource efficiency and measurable improvements in offender outcomes as well as important partnerships between corrections facilities and programs and the communities they serve. "Going Green" also includes examples of successful programs. Visit to check out the webinar and other offerings from the Justice Technology Information Center.

Register Now for Seminar/Webinar on Evidence-Based Policing

Moderated by NIJ's Director, Dr. David B. Muhlhausen, "Evidence-Based Policing: The Importance of Research and Evaluation" convenes a panel of leading practitioners and researchers to discuss evidence-based policing for the next generation of policing leadership in the United States. Panelists for the June 22 event will draw from on-the-ground experience to discuss evidence-based policing as it relates to law enforcement training curricula, practitioner-led trials, research clearinghouses and other topics.

Panelists include:

  • Sergeant Ryan Keck, coordinator, Oregon Center for Policing Excellence
  • Chuck Tyree, program manager, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Dr. Angela Hawken, director and founder, BetaGov
  • Louis Dekmar, chief, LaGrange (Ga.) Police Department and president, International Association of Chiefs of Police

You can register to attend the 10 a.m. event either in-person or online by visiting


NIJ Announces Enhancements to NamUs
Using feedback from stakeholders across the nation, the National Institute of Justice and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have provided several major updates to NamUs, the national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases in the United States. Updates include streamlined user registration, enhanced case search and matching, improved access to cases and tools from one central dashboard, and increased security. In addition to the search database application, the suite of no-cost NamUs resources includes technology, forensic and analytical services, investigative support, and local, regional and online training programs. Law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, investigators, forensic professionals, tribal governments, non-profit and public-sector organizations, and members of the general public can use the system to connect the dots on missing and unidentified people.

To enter a case or access any of the free resources available through NamUs, register at

Office of Justice Programs Offers Grants to Serve Child and Youth Victims of Opioid Crisis

The Office of Justice Programs has released grant solicitations making $47 million available to help children and youth affected by the nation's opioid crisis. OJP's Office for Victims of Crime and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are seeking applications for the grants, which will fund direct services for child victims of the epidemic and intervention opportunities for young people whose encounters with opioids bring them to the threshold of the juvenile justice system. Funds can be used to support school-based programs, foster care or child welfare programs, counseling and assistance programs, child advocacy programs, court-appointed special advocates, mentoring and tutoring programs, hospital- and medical-based programs, and faith-based programs. Grant funds can be used either to enhance existing efforts or to create entirely new programs to meet victim-specific needs.

OVC expects to award multiple grants averaging $700,000, up to a total of $26 million over a 36-month performance period, beginning Oct. 1, 2018. Applications are due by July 10, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:

OJJDP is sponsoring a grant opportunity to help states, local governments and tribal jurisdictions develop and implement programs for children, at-risk juveniles and families who have been affected by the nation's opioid crisis. Eligible sites will receive up to $6 million to develop a response to the opioid crisis and provide services to improve public safety. In addition, OJJDP will award just over $1 million to a technical assistance provider to help grantees collect data that will address specific challenges resulting from the opioid epidemic. Applications are due July 2, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:

OJJDP also has a funding opportunity open for youth mentoring programs with a focus on opioid abuse. Under this solicitation, $14 million is targeted to helping youth impacted by opioids through prevention, treatment and support services. Applications are due June 28, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:

New Episode of COPS Office Podcast Series Released

In the current episode of The Beat, Brandi Burque, a psychologist with the San Antonio Police Department, discusses Performance and Recovery Optimization, a comprehensive stress management program for police officers and their families. In 2013 Dr. Burque helped SAPD implement PRO, a comprehensive wellness program embedded throughout the department that provides holistic education to enhance performance and wellness. Dr. Burque adapted PRO from a similar program she worked on with the U.S. Air Force. Go to to listen.

VALOR Releases Spotlight on Road Safety

The BJA VALOR Program introduces the latest Spotlight on Safety, "Roadmap to Vehicle Safety." It provides information to help law enforcement personnel stay safe while operating their vehicles. Resources include articles, a podcast, videos and printable posters.

Every two months, VALOR's Spotlight on Safety offers fresh online training and a quick reference to the latest trends and research on topics related directly to law enforcement duties. You can access the latest information at

Sign Up for BJA Webinar on Implementing Body Worn Cameras

Register at to attend "Engaging Prosecutors During BWC Planning, Implementation, and Beyond," a free webinar from the Bureau of Justice Assistance on Wednesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar will focus on engaging prosecutors during BWC planning, implementation and beyond. In addition to assisting police departments, BWCs provide substantial evidentiary value to prosecutors during trial and case preparation. This webinar will feature National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Executive Director Nelson Bunnl Kristine Hamann, a BWC subject-matter expert; and San Diego Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler, also a BWC subject-matter expert. They will discuss topics that police departments and prosecutors' offices should consider during BWC planning and implementation, as well as ways to keep prosecutors involved in the BWC discussion after implementation is complete. In addition, a representative from the Hogansville (Ga.) Police Department will provide lessons learned and best practices from HPD's experience coordinating with the prosecutor's office during and after BWC implementation.

Latest Issue of JUSTINFO Available

The newest issue of JUSTINFO, the electronic newsletter from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, is available at Read the latest news from the Office of Justice Programs' agencies that partner in supporting NCJRS, check on funding opportunities, and link to publications and announcements on upcoming webinars and events. To subscribe to JUSTINFO, visit

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance (JIS TTA) Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 11, 2018.

Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2018.

Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 25, 2018.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program, applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP), applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

FY 2018 National Officer Safety Initiatives Program, applications are due by July 2, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation Program, applications are due by July 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) National Training and Technical Assistance Program, applications are due by July 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods, applications are due by July 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, all applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 6, 2018.

Federal Funding Webinars:

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

How Can Police Presence in Schools Help With Prevention?
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette, (Vol. 80, No. 2, 2018)
This article presents a panel interview with four RCMP officers who talk about the pros and cons of school policing, and how it can impact students' actions.
Link to Article

California Testing Digital License Plates, (05/31/2018), Tony Bizjak for the Sacramento Bee
California has launched a pilot program that allows drivers to buy digital license plates. The digital plates eliminate the need for registration stickers and can be used to track the car if it is stolen. The plates will retail for $699, and privacy concerns have already been raised.
Link to Article

AT&T Presents an 'It Can Wait' Virtual Reality Simulator to New York Police Troop A
Niagara Frontier Publications, (06/05/2018)
AT&T has donated an "It Can Wait" 3-D virtual reality simulator to the New York State Police Troop A in Batavia. The VR can be used across Western New York for public safety education and programing. Troop A covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Link to Article

Police Shine Spotlight on Homeless Pets, (06/06/2018), Heather Wright
The Texarkana (Texas) Police Department is using its Facebook page to spotlight pets from the Animal Care & Adoption Center. Dubbed "Too Cute Tuesday," the project attempts to put a human face on the police department and encourages local residents to think of the shelter first when they're looking for a pet.
Link to Article

‘Facebook of Suspects' Now Up and Running in Lancaster County; Police Expect Increase in Safety
Fox 43, (06/06/2018)
Fifteen police departments and the District Attorney's Office County Detective division in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County now share data via the CODY bridge system. The bridge allows them to view each other's Records Management Systems (RMS), greatly expanding investigative capabilities.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Some Maine Jails Have Used Naloxone on Inmates
Miami Herald, (06/05/2018), Marina Villeneuve for the Associated Press
A 2017 Maine state law allows certified corrections officers, for the first time, to administer naloxone. Previously only police officers and medical professionals could administer the drug. Correctional officers at jails in Androscoggin, York and Somerset counties in Maine have already used naloxone spray to revive overdosing inmates.
Link to Article

Students Use VR to Help Former Inmates
VR Focus, (05/28/2018), Rebecca Hills-Duty
Students in the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois have designed a virtual reality program to help soon-to-be-released prisoners get used to the technology of the modern-day world. Scenarios help inmates deal with tasks such as using public transportation, buying self-serve gasoline or ordering food at a self-serve kiosk. The tasks were selected by polling former inmates about what caused them the most difficulty after release.
Link to Article

In Prison, ‘Reimagining Justice' — and a Governor's Legacy
The CT Mirror, (05/31/2018), Mark Pazniokas
In Connecticut's Cheshire Correctional Institution, the 16-month-old T.R.U.E. Program provides a therapeutic community for inmates ages 18 to 25. Specially trained corrections officers and inmate mentors lead a program based on education and life skills that keep inmates busy with tasks throughout the day. All officers volunteered for the program, which has a goal of developing a model for a prison that is safer for staff and productive for inmates.
Link to Article

S.C. Prisons' Switch to Electronic Medical Records Expected to Improve Inmates' Care, Save Money
The Post and Courier, (06/03/2018), Mary Katherine Wildeman
A pilot electronic records program launched in two facilities in 2017 is expected to go statewide in South Carolina correctional facilities before the end of this year. The system has been using a combination of paper records and an outdated system developed during the 1980s to keep track of the health records of approximately 20,000 inmates.
Link to Article

Body Scanners Halt Inmate Overdoses at Berks County Facility
The Morning Call, (06/03/2018), Pamela Lehman
This article looks at the use of an extremely sophisticated body scanner at the Wernersville Community Corrections Center in Berks County, Pa. The device, which comes with a $100,000 price tag, seems to have eliminated drug overdoses at the halfway house, where residents had overdosed 32 times in the previous two years.
Link to Article

How San Quentin Inmates Built a Search Engine for Prison
Wired, (06/01/2018), Issie Lapowsky
Participants in California's The Last Mile computer coding program ran into a problem: since they are unable to access the Internet, they could not search for information. So they built their own version of a search engine, JOLT, which can search the prison library system and help them quickly find the information they need to learn more of the skills they need to succeed on release.
Link to Article

Michigan Set to Close Another Prison Next Year
Detroit News, (06/05/2018), Beth LeBlanc
Michigan plans to close an as-yet-unnamed correctional facility under the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget recently approved by a joint legislative conference committee. Closing a facility could save the Michigan Department of Corrections approximately $19 million.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 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
  • Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving (DAID), Nashville, TN, August 13-15, 2018. For more information and registration details, visit
  • Annual International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP)
    El Paso, TX, September 24-28, 2018, for more information,
    please visit

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


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