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In This Issue: July 11, 2019
NLECTC Spotlight

ODMAP Webinar

The National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will host a webinar on July 16, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET, on Using ODMAP to Harness Data and Accelerate Action. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program provides near real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase in overdose events. ODMAP links first responders and relevant record management systems to a mapping tool to track overdoses, stimulate real-time response, and promote strategic analysis across jurisdictions. For webinar information, go to

Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

New Solicitation: Evaluation of Juvenile Corrections Executive Leadership Training. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Establishment of a National Center on Restorative Justice. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Evaluation of Street Law™ Programs. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2019.

New Solicitation: Longitudinal Research on Delinquency and Crime. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 13, 2019.

New Solicitation: National Survey of Internet- and Technology-Facilitated Child Exploitation. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 20, 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

Tennessee's Hands-Free Driving Law in Effect
WHNT, (07/01/2019)
A law that prohibits drivers from holding their phones is among the new laws taking effect in Tennessee on July 1. The goal is to cut back on distracted driving collisions. A first-time offense can carry a $50 fine.
Link to Article

New Florida Law Allows Paramedics to Carry Guns When Responding to High-Risk Incidents
CBS Miami, (07/01/2019)
A new Florida law allows medics to carry a gun when responding to high-risk situations such as active gunman incidents and drug raids. The law, which took effect July 1, states that while accompanying either a police SWAT or special-response unit, tactical medical professionals may carry firearms in the same manner as a law enforcement officer.
Link to Article

Ormond Beach Police Now Equipped With Body Cameras
Ormond Beach Observer, (07/01/2019), Jarleene Almenas
All 71 sworn officers in the Ormond Beach Police Department in Florida will be equipped with body cameras in July. The cameras will aid in reviewing incidents. Officers will be able to see and clarify what happened in the event of a complaint, doubts, or training and discipline issues.
Link to Article

Pittsburgh Police on Track to Equip Nearly 900 Officers With Body Cams, Chief Says
TribLive, (07/03/2019), Natasha Lindstrom
Two-thirds of the Pittsburgh police force now is equipped with body cameras, and all of the city's nearly 900 officers will be wearing the recording devices by the end of the year, according to an annual report. Pittsburgh police use two models of body cameras. Any camera within a 30-yard radius will activate when an officer turns on a patrol car's lights and sirens during a "hot call."
Link to Article

Hands-Free Bill to Go Into Effect as Distracted Driving Citations Rise
Minnesota Daily, (07/10/2019), Mohamed Ibrahim
A new Minnesota law effective August 1 will prohibit drivers from using wireless communications devices while operating a vehicle, with the exception of voice-activated, hands-free features. Local and state officials have also increased enforcement and education efforts to deter distracted driving. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, distracted driving accounted for one in every five crashes statewide and an average of 45 deaths annually between 2014 and 2018.
Link to Article

Corrections News

New Rules at OC Jails Aims to Prevent Delivery of Meth-Soaked Greeting Cards
City News Service, (07/02/2019)
As of Aug. 1, 2019, all Orange County Jail facilities will no longer accept cardstock paper, greeting cards and colored paper sent to inmates, in a move meant to curb drug smuggling. Only mail written on postcards, lined white paper or plain white paper that is not cardstock weight will be accepted. So far this year, drug-sniffing dogs in the jails have intercepted 147 greeting cards containing drugs addressed to inmates, according to sheriff's officials, who said most of those cards were soaked in methamphetamine.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

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

  • 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department, August 12-15, 2019, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Dallas, TX. For information go to: or contact:

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

New Publications

PREA Data-Collection Activities, 2019,
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14),
Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Historical Overview of U.S. Policy and Legislative Responses to Honor-Based Violence, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting,
National Institute of Justice,

Person or Place? A Contextual, Event History Analysis of Homicide Victimization Risk,
National Institute of Justice,

Veterans Moving Forward - Process and Impact Evaluation Results of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department VMF Program, Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 2018 Annual Report,
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,

Journal Article on NIJ-funded Research

"Equal or Not? Private Versus Public Corrections Services, Programming, and Climate,"
Criminology & Public Policy,


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