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September 1, 2016

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NLECTC Spotlight

Guide for Officer-Involved Shootings

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, have developed Officer-Involved Shootings: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders and an accompanying trifold. The publications are intended to provide guidance for preparing officers and departments prior to an officer-involved shooting, suggested incident scene actions and procedures, recommended procedures for conducting criminal and administrative investigations, suggestions for working with the media, and mental health and wellness considerations and procedures. Download the guide at Download the trifold at

National Fusion Center Training Event

Registration is open for the 2016 National Fusion Center Association annual training event, to be held Oct. 25-27, 2016 in Alexandria, Va. The purpose is to provide designated state and major urban area fusion center directors, operational managers and lead analysts with training and technical assistance and provide an opportunity to exchange best practices for advancing the National Network of Fusion Centers' capabilities. To register, go to

Virtual National Institute of Corrections Conference

The 2016 Annual Virtual Conference hosted by the National Institute of Corrections will be held Nov. 9, 2016. The purpose will be to share current and emergent innovations in correctional practice through a keynote address, workshops, interactive LiveChat, networking, discussion forums and virtual information booths. For information, go to

Webinar on NIJ Research Fellowship Opportunities

The National Institute of Justice is hosting a webinar to provide interested candidates and academic institutions with an overview of the agency's research fellowship opportunities. The webinar will be held Sept. 19, 2016, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. The overall goal of the fellowship programs is to increase and diversify the pool of scholars and disciplines engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels. To register or listen to the webinar recording, go to

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

City Approves Money for New Crime Lab Technology
KOAT, (08/17/2016), Kirsten Swanson

The Albuquerque Police Department will be getting equipment and training for a local system of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). The city council approved $140,000 for the equipment. Managed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, NIBIN is a database that allows for comparison of ballistic evidence.
Link to Article

Active Shooter Kits Provide 'Good Insurance' for North Dakota Departments in Light of Recent Police Shootings
Grand Forks Herald, (08/26/2016), April Baumgarten

The Walsh County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota is purchasing 11 active shooter kits for its deputies. Each kit has armor plates, a plate carrier, a medical kit and ballistic helmet. Total cost for all the kits is $7,700.
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Courts News

Judicial Council Approves Process for Awarding $25 Million for Court Innovations
Judicial Council of California, (08/25/2016)

California's Judicial Council has adopted a process to award $25 million in grant funding to promote innovative and efficient programs in the courts. The council is the policymaking body of the California courts. Funding for courts will be available beginning fiscal year 2016-17, and will support innovative programs in areas such as technology, collaborative courts, and family and juvenile courts.
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Corrections News

Arkansas Prison System to Shut Down Its Boot Camp; Not Popular With inmates, Board Told
ArkansasOnline, (08/25/2016), John Moritz

The Arkansas Department of Corrections will discontinue its boot camp program. Department of Corrections Director Wendy Kelley received approval from the Board of Corrections to disband the program once the current set of inmates complete the course. The program was created in 1989 to enforce military-style discipline with inmates before their release. But the program has had high recidivism rates and was not filled to capacity.
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Authorities Bust Pair Trying to Smuggle Contraband into Oklahoma Prison
NBC News, (08/25/2016), Corky Siemaszko

An attempt to smuggle contraband into an Oklahoma prison was foiled by correctional officers. The Jess Dunn Correctional Center is a minimum-security facility in Taft, Okla., with dormitory-style buildings surrounded by high fences. Officials say an inmate at the prison allegedly sneaked out of his building to an area of the prison grounds where an accomplice was waiting outside the fence. The plan was to throw duffle bags containing cellphones, chargers, rolling papers, tobacco, marijuana and lighters over the fence to the inmate, but two correctional officers on patrol intervened and both men were arrested.
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Iowa Approves Gender Dysphoria Policy for Prison System
The Des Moines Register, (08/23/2016), William Petroski

The Iowa Department of Corrections is implementing a new gender dysphoria policy that requires prison staffers to use an inmate's preferred first name in communications and preferred pronoun. The policy also requires individual plans for gender dysphoria medical care that will include an assessment of the need for cross-hormonal therapy. Gender dysphoria refers to the discomfort and distress experienced by people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with.
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Alcohol Monitoring Technology Safeguards Public in Volunteer State
American City & County, (08/24/2016), Michael Keating for the Government Product News

The Hamilton County Corrections Department in Tennessee is using alcohol monitoring technology to deter repeat offenses. The department has been using SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) and SCRAM Remote Breath to monitor alcohol-involved offenders. The monitoring technologies allows for customized supervision based on a person's risk factors. SCRAM CAM provides 24/7 alcohol monitoring and optional house arrest, while SCRAM Remote Breath is a mobile breath tester for lower level offenders.
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Hoping to Reduce Recidivism, Maryland Introduces Tech to Juvenile Facilities
Government Technology, (08/25/2016), Erica L. Green for The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland State Department of Education will make available 300 tablet devices to youths detained in the state's 13 juvenile facilities to help with education. Juvenile offenders in Maryland are entitled by law to receive the same education as their peers in public schools.
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Swiss Prisons Fear Drone Deliveries to Inmates
The Local, (08/30/2016)

Several prisons in Switzerland are researching how to counter possible attempts to use drones to deliver contraband to prisoners. Using radar, GPS or monitoring radio waves are being investigated as possible ways to detect drones. Some smaller prisons are considering putting nets over their exercise yards to defend against drones.
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Vlahakis: Sobriety Program Working in Yankton County
Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, (08/28/2016), Shauna Marlette

Yankton County is among jurisdictions in South Dakota using the 24-7 Sobriety Program, which provides an option to incarceration for an offender who commits and alcohol or drug-related crime. Options include twice a day breath tests (PBT), a SCRAM bracelet (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring), drug testing by urinalysis, an ignition interlock system and a drug patch. Yankton County began using the program in 2007. Sheriff Jim Vlahakis noted that so far this year they have done 10,468 PBT tests, 64 of which have failed, which is less than a 1 percent fail rate.
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Kansas Launching Automated Crime Victim Notification System
Lawrence Journal-World, (08/23/2016), Peter Hancock

The state of Kansas is launching the Kansas Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system to allow crime victims to track offenders being held in county correctional facilities. The telephone and web-based notification system is operated by the attorney general's office in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Labor and the Kansas Sheriffs Association. People can register with the system to receive automatic notifications about their offender's status, including the facilities where they are being held and their scheduled date of release.
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Scanner Helps Stop Drugs Sneaking into Orange County Jail
Orlando Sentinel, (08/24/2016), Stephanie Allen

Orange County Jail officers have been using a new X-ray scanner system since April to deter contraband smuggling by incoming inmates. The jail has averaged about eight contraband incidents a month so far this year, which is down from about 11 a month during all of 2015, according to recently released data. The SecurPass scanner is a full-body digital scanner, similar to ones used in airports.
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Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • School Safety Leadership Academy, November 10-11, 2016, Palm Springs, CA.
  • 2017 National Conference on Bullying, March 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL.
New Publications

Addressing Real World Stab and Slash Threats,
Justice Technology Information Center,

Active Shooter/Hostile Event (ASHE) Guide,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs and the InterAgency Board,

Assessing the Impact of Post-Release Community Supervision on Post-Release Recidivism and Employment,
National Criminal Justice Reference Service,

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Prison Work Release Programs on Post-Release Recidivism and Employment,
National Criminal Justice Reference Service,

An Assessment of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in Florida's Prisons Using a Random Assignment Experimental Design,
National Criminal Justice Reference Service,

Deadly Calls and Fatal Encounters: Analysis of U. S. law enforcement line of duty deaths when officers responded to dispatched calls for service and conducted enforcement (2010-2014),
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and COPS Office,

Microfluidic System for Automated Dye Molecule Extraction and Detection for Forensic Fiber Identification,
National Criminal Justice Reference Service,

Predictive Modeling Combining Short and LongTerm Crime Risk Potential: Final Report,
Temple University Center for Security and Crime Science,

Promoting Officer Integrity through Early Engagements and Procedural Justice in the Seattle Police Department,
National Criminal Justice Reference Service,

The Role of Technology in Improving K-12 School Safety,
Criminal Justice Priority Technology Needs Initiative,


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