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In This Issue: July 12, 2018
NLECTC Spotlight

Registration Open for Webinars on Combatting the Synthetic Drug Epidemic

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education and NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence present a series of webinars providing insight into the challenges forensic laboratories face with respect to analysis and interpretation of findings involving novel psychoactive substances (NPS).
Register at for any or all of the following presentations:

  • The Synthetic Drug Crisis – Identifying NPS in Forensic Casework – July 17, 2018: 1 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Analysis of NPS – Practical Considerations and Analytical Approaches – July 18, 2018: 1 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Interpretative Toxicology for NPS in Forensic Casework – July 25, 2018: Noon – 4 p.m. ET

NIJ Journal Issue No. 279 Now Available

The NIJ Journal, published several times a year, features articles to help criminal justice policymakers and practitioners stay informed about new developments. The Journal presents research-based information that can help inform policy decisions and improve understanding of the criminal justice system.

In the latest issue, NIJ scientists share some of the latest evidence on forensic science and its impact on the justice system. Articles include:
•             Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations: Understanding the Role of Forensic Science
•             Lost but Not Forgotten: Finding the Nation's Missing
•             Sexual Assault Cases: Exploring the Importance of Non-DNA Forensic Evidence
•             Uncertainty Ahead: A Shift in How Federal Scientific Experts Can Testify

Read these articles, and more, online or download the whole issue now at

Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Data on Human Trafficking

Federal human-trafficking laws prohibit the coercion of persons to perform labor, services or commercial sex acts. In Federal Prosecution of Human-Trafficking Cases, 2015, BJS presents data on prosecution of human trafficking in 2015, which showed a 41-percent increase from 2011. You can download both a summary and the full report from

VALOR Presents Spotlight on Stress

The Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Program introduces the latest Spotlight on Safety, “Mitigating the Negative Effects of Stress.” It provides information to help law enforcement agencies and personnel understand stress and what steps can be taken to reduce it. Resources include articles, a podcast, videos and printable posters.

Every two months, VALOR ( offers a new Spotlight on Safety, which includes fresh online training and a quick reference to the latest trends and research on topics directly related to law enforcement duties.
Federal Funding Opportunities:

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

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

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

Manatee 911 Center Will Soon Be Able to Find You Via Your Cell Phone
Bradenton Herald, (06/26/2018), Emily Wunderlich
Manatee County (Fla.) Public Safety will begin using RapidSOS technology to assist its dispatchers in pinpointing the location of cellular callers after a new iOS update is released in October. More than 75 percent of all calls to the dispatch center come from cell phones.
Link to Article

'Crisis Management Classroom' at WT Hopes to Help Save Lives
KRTE9, (06/26/2018), Nicolette Perrone
West Texas A&M University is implementing the same software used in the college's virtual emergency operations center internet (VEOCI) for instruction in its Education Credit Unit Crisis Management Classroom. In addition to training students enrolled in the education curriculum in scenario-based instruction using the software, the school is making the training available to local first responders.
Link to Article

Ballistic Vest Saves the Life of Arizona Border Patrol Agent, (07/02/2018), Scott Burton
An Arizona Border Patrol agent checking agency sensors near Arivaca in late June was shot, with his ballistic-resistant vest stopping one of the shots. The shooting occurred in Chimney Canyon approximately 10 miles from the border, and the agent, who is a trained paramedic, treated his own wounds before seeking help.
Link to Article

Richmond Launches Website to Track Active Emergency Calls as Alternative to Encrypted Police Radio Traffic
Richmond Times-Dispatch, (07/02/2018), Ali Rockett
The city of Richmond, Va., and Henrico and Chesterfield counties recently began encrypting their radio communications and at the same time, offering a live feed of police calls for residents who formerly monitored police radio calls. The feed is refreshed every 45 seconds, and calls remain on the feed as long as they are open.
Link to Article

LA Wallet - Louisiana's First Digital Driver's License App, (07/03/2018)
The state of Louisiana has released LA Wallet, an app that will allow drivers to display their driver's license digitally whenever stopped. The app, designed by the Louisiana State Police, the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), is the first digital driver's license app in use in the nation.
Link to Article

Rockford Police Grant Seeing Results for Domestic Violence Victims
23WIFR, (07/09/2018), Courtney Bunting
The police department in Rockford, Ill., is using federal funds to distribute cell phones to domestic violence victims. The department has seen an increase in calls requesting assistance using the phones, including 10 in the month of June alone.
Link to Article

Police Using New Devices to Gauge Distance Between Cars and Bicycles, (07/10/2018), Sasha Zidar
The police department in Grand Rapids, Mich., is one of two in the country testing a new device mounted on patrol bicycles that will measure the distance between a passing car and a bicyclist. The pilot is part of a federal research project aimed at improving safety for bicyclists on streets.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Just How Transparent Can a Criminal Justice Algorithm Be?
Slate, (07/03/2018), Stephanie Wykstra
Due to the objections put forward in a June 6 hearing, the Pennsylvania Conference on Sentencing has delayed a vote on an algorithm proposed as a method of reducing incarceration by predicting an individual's risk to public safety. Opponents of the measure are concerned the algorithm's use would increase racial disparities in sentencing.
Link to Article

DOC Tests Virtual Reality as Inmate Training Tool
KTVA, (07/09/2018), Liz Raines
The state of Alaska is testing use of a virtual reality tool to train inmates for job interviews and other challenges they will face on release. Alaska faces a number of unique challenges, including seasonal affective disorder and vast geographic distances that hamper individuals' ability to find employment.
Link to Article

Thinking Outside the Cell: Software Cuts Recidivism Among Texas' Mentally Ill
The Crime Report, (07/09/2018), Laura Binczewski
Using software created by HarrisLogic, a Missouri-based technology and clinical services company, Dallas County, Texas, is successfully diverting mentally ill individuals to effective treatment programs rather than into the corrections system. The technology allows sharing of information about mentally ill individuals among law enforcement, the courts and health care providers.
Link to Article

Charging Ex-offenders 'Administrative Fees' Means Big Pain for the Poor and Little Gain for Counties
Los Angeles Times, (07/09/2018), Anne Stuhldreher
Individuals often are assessed steep administrative fees when they leave the criminal justice system. In Los Angeles, ex-offenders can rack up monthly probation fees, court report fees and more, with total fees possibly approaching $1,000 per month. The city is considering eliminating such fees and forgiving existing debt as a step toward reducing recidivism rates.
Link to Article

Life on a Bracelet: GPS Monitoring an 'Invisible Fence,' Chance to 'Re-evaluate'
Wisconsin State Journal, (07/03/2018), Chris Rickert
Dane County, Wis., is using a GPS monitoring program to help reduce the jail population, decrease incarceration rates among people of color and emphasize treatment rather than punishment. Interviews with participants and some data indicate that GPS can promote positive outcomes, but some researchers say its effectiveness is questionable.
Link to Article

Staffing Concerns Taking Toll on Missouri Prisons
News Tribune, (07/07/2018), Jeff Haldiman
A July 4 inmate protest at Missouri's Tipton Correctional Center is just one of several this year that apparently are linked to restrictions in privileges due to staff shortages. No officers have been attacked or injured in the protests, but throughout the states, staff are forced to carry heavy overtime burdens as more than 700 positions remain vacant. The state is actively trying to fill the vacant positions.
Link to Article

Decatur-based Tech NonProfit to Teach Coding Classes to Local Female Inmates
Decaturish, (07/03/2018), Ellie Ritter
Nonprofit Code/Out is teaching classes in coding to female inmates in Georgia's prisons as part of an effort to increase post-incarceration employment and reduce recidivism. Code/Out is attempting to recruit other organizations into a coalition that will seek to open pathways to employment for inmates who have completed the training.
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).

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Law Enforcement Administrators Association (HBCU-LEEA) Annual Training Conference
    July 16-20, 2018
    Charlotte, N.C.
    For information, visit
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    July 17-19, 2018
    Spokane, Wash.
    Free Information and Registration
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition School Safety Advocacy Council
    July 23-27, 2018
    Orlando, Fla.
    For information and registration, visit
  • College and University Police and Investigators Conference
    College and University Police and Investigators Conference and International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators
    July 31-Aug. 2, 2018
    Fairfax, Va.
    Information and Registration (fee)
  • New Hampshire Campus Safety Academy
    New Hampshire Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
    Aug. 1-3, 2018
    Nashua, N.H.
    Information and Registration (fee)
  • L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute

    Aug. 7-9, 2018
    Terre Haute, Ind.
    Free Information and Registration
  • National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise Series for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX)
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    University of Texas at San Antonio
    Sept. 24-25, 2018
    For information, visit

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