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August 11, 2016

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NLECTC Spotlight

Fact Sheet on Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard Available on JUSTNET

You can download "Addressing Real World Stab and Slash Threats," a fact sheet on the National Institute of Justice's project to revise its stab-resistant body armor standard, by visiting While you're there, check out other resources related to stab-resistant and related corrections equipment, and check out the other criminal justice resources on JUSTNET, the website of the NLECTC System.

School Safety Assessments Topic of New JUSTNET Blog

Visit to read a new blog entry by Sean Burke, JTIC's subject-matter expert consultant on school safety, focusing on school safety assessments. Be sure to also explore other resources available on JUSTNET and on JTIC's school safety website,

 Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institutes Set

The National Center for Campus Public Safety, a contract program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will hold two sessions of a Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute during September:

Objectives include the following:

  • Explain the intricacies and crossovers of Title IX, the Clery Act, criminal investigations and institutional obligations.
  • Identify the effects of trauma and how trauma impacts victims and others involved in investigations.
  • Develop fair and balanced investigation and adjudication processes.

Identify and apply industry evolving practices to conduct a trauma-informed investigation from disclosure and first response to adjudication.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Obama Signs Active Shooter Training Expansion Bill, (07/27/2016), Chris Eger

The Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act, signed by President Obama without comment on July 22, amends the Safe Streets Act of 1968 to allow the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to use federal funds for active shooter training programs. Such programs are typically funded using local resources.
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NCSU Faculty Teaches Law Enforcement to Find Where Bodies Are Buried
The News Observer, (08/04/2016), Stephen Ginley

Members of various local law enforcement agencies brushed up on forensic field investigation techniques such as how to catalog evidence at a clandestine burial site at a recent workshop at North Carolina State University, sponsored by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a contract program of the National Institute of Justice. Participants, some of whom came from as far away as Hawaii, learned how to process a site where the victim was buried far afield in an attempt to keep the body from being found.        
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Man Shoots Glendale Security Guard, Vest Saves Him
12News, (08/05/2016)

In Glendale, Ariz., a man approached a private security guard Friday morning at the San Remo Apartments and after an argument, pulled out a handgun and shot him. The suspect fled; the security guard was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest.
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Simulator Mimics Stressful Calls Police May Get
Cape May Herald, (08/09/2016), Vince Conti

The police department in Cape May, N.J., is addressing the stressful situations faced by today's law enforcement officers by implementing the latest in virtual reality technology. The equipment, consisting of a freeware advanced audio coder (FAAC) and the Milo firearms simulator, allow trainers at the agency's training academy to take an officer from the moment of receiving a call in a patrol car through the completion of an incident involving use-of-force decisions.
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Police Use App to Locate Stolen Phones Before Arresting Suspects 4, (08/09/2016), Evan Anstey

Police in Buffalo, N.Y., recently used the "Find iPhone" app to help apprehend three persons suspected of an armed robbery that included theft of two cellphones. The three were charged with numerous offenses, including armed robbery.
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Corrections News

Data Analytics Helps Bexar County, Texas, Reduce Inmate Population, Save Millions
Government Technology, (08/03/2016), Jessica Renee Napier

In the past seven years, the jail in Bexar County, Texas, has achieved a 25-percent reduction in inmate population and eliminated an overcrowding problem thanks to the use of data analytics. Using Microsoft's SQL Server Reporting Services, staff can better manage cases and identify inmates who are candidates for drug court, those who are ready for transfer and those who could potentially be released. Reducing the jail's population also saves the county money.
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Data-Sharing Efforts Aim to Improve Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Outcomes
Government Technology, (08/04/2016), Leah Binkovitz for the Urban Edge

Charles Rotramel of Houston reVision, a nonprofit agency that works with at-risk youth, is leading an effort to get agencies at both the local and state government levels and from various nonprofits to share data and enable the development of a better picture of how many youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system are also involved in the child welfare system. Such data can prove vital in developing accurate case management pictures.
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An Inmate Streamed on Facebook Live from Rikers Island
The Verge, (08/03/2016), Joseph Lovinger

An inmate in New York City's Rikers Island Jail achieved 7,000 views on July 22 as he used Facebook Live and a contraband cell phone to show conditions from inside his cell. The inmate said he made the video to call attention to conditions in the jail.
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DOC Investigates After Inmate Allegedly Caught FaceTiming in Prison Cell, (08/03/2016), Crystal Price

An inmate in Oklahoma's Dick Conner Correctional Center lost his contraband cellphone after a local television station received a tip that he had used it to FaceTime and to post photos to Facebook. The phone joined some 8,000 contraband cellphones confiscated in the past year.
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Protecting GPS From Spoofers Is Critical to the Future of Navigation
IEEE Spectrum, (07/29/2016), Mark L. Psiaki and Todd E. Humphreys

GPS spoofing poses a dangerous but poorly understood threat to the trustworthiness of critical navigation systems. The need to develop ways to send out alerts about false GPS signals is crucial. This article examines the issue and ways to combat the problem.
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Licking County to Buy Body Scanner for Jail
Newark Advocate, (08/04/2016), Kent Mallett

County commissioners and the sheriff's office in Licking County, Ohio, recently agreed to share the purchase of a body scanner for the Licking County Justice Center at a purchase price of $108,000. The scanner potentially could be in operation by October. The device will be used to supplement, not replace, manual pat-downs of incoming prisoners.
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'The Worst Way to Address Mental Illness'
The Crime Report, (08/09/2016), Christopher Moraff

The mental health reforms of the 1960s and 1970s, which included an end to involuntary commitment, have resulted in tens of thousands of mentally ill persons becoming incarcerated in the nation's prisons and jails. A recent panel discussion at the National Criminal Justice Association Conference in Philadelphia focused on innovative strategies for addressing the issue, which could be termed a public health crisis. An estimated 1.5 million people with severe psychiatric conditions are arrested each year, and more than 350,000 remain incarcerated at a given point in time.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • National Tactical Officers Association Tactical Operations Conference, August 14-19, 2016, Louisville, KY
  • 10th National Conference on Responding to Missing and Unidentified Persons: Our Nation's Hidden Victims and Pre-Conference, Preconference - August 15-16, 2016 and Conference - August 17-19, 2016, Atlanta, GA
  • American Probation and Parole Association's 41st Annual Training Institute, August 28-31, 2016, Cleveland, OH.

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