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In This Issue: July 25, 2019

New Publications

New Publications
Capital Punishment, 2017: Selected Findings, Bureau of Justice Statistics,

Sharing Ideas and Resources To Keep Our Nation’s Schools Safe! Volume 7, Justice Technology Information Center,

Is Cannabis a Gateway Drug? Key Findings and Literature Review, National Institute of Justice,

National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit, National Institute of Justice,

Waiver of Counsel in Juvenile Court, National Institute of Justice,

Articles on NIJ-funded Research
“The Effect of Electronic Cigarette User Modifications and E-liquid Adulteration on the Particle Size Profile of an Aerosolized Product,” Journal of Urban Health,

“The Last Link: from Gun Acquisition to Criminal Use,” Scientific Reports,

NLECTC Spotlight

Registration Open for National Institute of Justice Webinar, Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas: Notes from NIJ’s LEADS Program

In an Aug. 1 NIJ webinar, Reducing Traffic Fatalities in Urban and Rural Areas: Notes from NIJ’s LEADS Program, representatives from two law enforcement agencies will discuss their agencies’ efforts to impact driving behavior with short, intermittent applications of police visibility and enforcement.

Sgt. James Williams with the Metro Nashville Police Department will discuss how his agency used data to develop targeted traffic intervention strategies to reduce car crashes and their associated harms in a metropolitan area by implementing a High Visibility Enforcement campaign, and Capt. Ken Clary, Iowa State Patrol, will outline an evidence-based, proactive strategy being tested in a rural area to deter and prevent fatal crashes.

You can register for the 3 p.m. event at

Sign Up Now for Two Webinars From the Forensics Technology Center of Excellence

Registration is now open for two August 2019 webinars from the NIJ FTCoE.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the FTCoE hosts A Campus-Wide Response to Sexual Misconduct: Best Practices from 1-2:30 p.m. This webinar highlights the dynamics of campus sexual assault that may be specific to, or heightened in the context of, a college or university setting. Additionally, Presenter Elizabeth Seney, Senior Associate Director of the Office for Institutional Equity and the Interim Title IX Coordinator at the University of Michigan, discusses best practices in three areas of response to sexual misconduct on campus. The webinar integrates information about the legal framework within which institutions must operate (e.g., Title IX, VAWA, Clery, case law, state laws, etc.) with the nuances of supporting students and creating a safe and respectful campus climate. Register at

Information on the second event, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 1-3 p.m., can be found at Understanding the Impact of Drug Background Levels in Forensic Laboratories covers the results and interpretation of the multi-laboratory background study, as well as additional studies that have begun to address questions arising from processes that contribute to drug background. Additional topics include ensuring data quality, developing ways to reduce background and strategies for self-monitoring.

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 19, 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 19, 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

Speed Signs Will Text Pennsylvania Cops About Violations
Government Technology, (07/16/2019), Stephanie Sigafoos for the Allentown Morning Call
Police in Clarks Summit, Pa., recently began using SpeedSentry portable radar speed signs to monitor traffic. In addition to showing drivers how fast they are going, the signs take photos of cars going above a certain rate of speed and send text messages to local police warning them about dangerous driving.
Link to article

3D Mapping of Baldwin Schools, Another Step in Securing Campuses
WKRG New 5, (07/17/2019), Debbie Williams
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama is using a 3D scanner normally used to recreate crime scenes to provide 3D maps of local schools. The final product will give law enforcement access to every feature of a school without actually visiting the campus.
Link to article

Birmingham Officer Cullen Stafford Turns 36 One Day After Being Shot 5 to 7 Times, (07/17/2019), Carol Robinson
A Birmingham (Ala.) police officer’s ballistic-resistant vest stopped several shots during a running gun battle on a city street, contributing to his surviving numerous hits from a suspect’s gun. Officer Cullen Stafford remained hospitalized and facing multiple surgeries the day after the incident; the suspect died at the scene.
Link to article

Meet Miranda, the 1st Law-Enforcement Therapy Dog in Polk
The Ledger, (07/19/2019), Kathy Leigh Berkowitz
A 15-month-old yellow Labrador certified as a therapy dog joined the Winter Haven (Fla.) Police Department. Named Miranda and partnered with a Winter Haven officer, the dog will help calm trauma victims and make the interview process easier for both victims and officers. She is the first therapy dog in Polk County.
Link to article

Streetwise Clinician Helps Bring More Humane Approach to Police Calls in Berkshires
Berkshire Eagle, (07/20/2019), Amanda Drane
The Pittsfield (Mass.) Police Department partners with a local agency, the Brien Center, in a program that embeds a social worker with the department four days a week to assist with calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. This article features an in-depth profile of that program, one of 25-plus such programs in Massachusetts.
Link to article

Orange County Deputies Test Load-bearing Vests as Potential Replacement for Duty Belts
Orland Sentinel, (07/22/2019), Tess Sheets
A dozen volunteers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Fla., will take part in a pilot study that replaces traditional duty belts with load-bearing vests. The vests better distribute weight to increase comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
Link to article

Hamilton County Gets Ohio’s First System of Wrong-way Driver Detectors
Cincinnati Enquirer, (07/23/2019), Hannah K. Sparling
Ohio’s Hamilton County has implemented a wrong-way driver alert system on an 18-mile, 23-ramp stretch of Interstate 71 from Cincinnati to the Warren County line. The system alerts drivers they have entered an exit ramp and also alerts local law enforcement of the dangerous driving. Although wrong-way crashes are rare, they often are fatal.
Link to article

Victims of sexual assault in Portland can track status of their evidence kits online
The Oregonian, (07/23/2019), Maxine Bernstein
Since May 2019, victims of sexual assaults taking place in Portland, Ore., can check online to see whether evidence from their evidence kits has been submitted to a crime lab for testing, and if so, whether results have been sent to investigators. The online search tool does not provide test results. It is expected to become available statewide next year.
Link to article

Corrections News

Here’s How Virginia Beach Jail Is Putting an Emphasis on Rehabilitation
Southside Daily, (07/16/2019), Melanie Occhiuzzo
The Virginia Beach City Jail recently marked the three-year anniversary of its Inmate Reentry Program, which has an 85-percent success rate in reintegrating inmates into the local community. The program has graduated some 250 inmates in five years; they are considered to have succeeded if they do not re-offend within three years.
Link to article

The Unlikely Pairing of the Professor and the Lifer Yields Results for Pittsburgh Police
TribLive, (07/20/2019), Deb Erdley
This article looks at the impact made by a class called Inside Out, in which students hold weekly one-on-one discussions with inmate volunteers to get a real-world perspective on life inside a correctional institution. Developed by Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, the class has become required training by the Pittsburgh Police Academy.
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).


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