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October 6, 2016

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Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, application due date is November 21, 2016 11:59 p.m.

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Real-time Crime Forecasting Challenge, application due date is February 28, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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NLECTC Spotlight

Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor Models Added to NIJ Compliant List

The following body armor models were recently added to the list of armor models that comply with the National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06 for Ballistic-Resistance of Body Armor. To view the entire list, go to





Angel Armor LLC

RISE, Premium, Female, IIIA



Israel Military Industries Ltd (IMI)




Pacific Safety Products Inc., GH Armor Systems




New Fact Sheet Focuses on Proposed Changes to Ballistic-resistant Body Armor Standard

Clarifying Threat Levels, Refining Ammunition Types, Adding Female Armor Testing: NIJ Revising Ballistic-resistant Body Armor Standard, a new fact sheet produced by the Justice Technology Information Center, explains the proposed changes that may impact law enforcement officers and agencies when a Special Technical Committee that includes practitioners completes work on the draft revision to the NIJ Ballistic-resistant body armor standard. You can download the fact sheet from

National Institute of Justice Releases Video on Sexual Assault Kit Processing

NIJ has released a new video that focuses on effective tactics for making progress on processing untested sexual assault kits. In one Nevada jurisdiction, a Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group has discovered the importance of collaborating across disciplines to share knowledge and resources, as well as the importance of using victim-centered approaches in responding to sexual assault.
You can watch the video at and read the transcript at

 Latest Issue of JUSTINFO Now Available

Visit to read the latest issue of JUSTINFO, the biweekly newsletter of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Read about new publications, funding opportunities, upcoming events, announcements and more from the U.S. Department of Justice agencies that partner to support NCJRS.

 Create a Custom Toolkit With the Violence Reduction Clearinghouse

The Violence Reduction Network, a contract program of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, has introduced its Violence Reduction Clearinghouse, which provides strategic solutions to support violence reduction efforts. Visit to build a custom toolkit of evidence-based strategies, best practices, training and technical assistance, publications and more.

 FBI Releases Uniform Crime Reporting Annual Report

Crime in the United States 2015 indicates that violent crime increased 3.9 percent in 2015 while property crime declined 2.6 percent compared to 2014. The report details the FBI's annual compilation of crimes reported to its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by law enforcement agencies from around the nation. You can download the report from

 Community Policing in Action Photo Contest Runs Through November 4

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS Office) has announced its third annual "Community Policing in Action" photo contest, which provides law enforcement agencies with the opportunity to share photos of positive interaction with the communities they serve. Winning photos may be featured on the COPS Office website, Twitter and Facebook headers for one month during the 2017 calendar year, as well as being featured in the e-newsletter Community Policing Dispatch or in a COPS Office press release. Agencies may submit one photo, accompanied by a completed and signed permission and release form, as well as completed notice and consent forms for all individuals pictured.
Visit for more information, and submit your photo by 8 p.m. on Friday, November 4, by emailing

 September 2016 Smart Policing Initiative Update Released

Visit to read the September 2016 issue of Smart Policing Initiative Update. This issue features information on SPI participation in the 6th Global Police Tweet-a-thon, upcoming SPI events and newly added resources. SPI is a contract program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

New Simulator Designed To Improve Officer Training, Safety
CBS4Denver, (09/30/2016)

As part of a revamp of the Denver Police Department's training program, the city has a 300-degree training simulator that can be customized with local settings to allow officers to practice making split-second decisions about use of force, verbal de-escalation and less-lethal options. Purchased by the Denver Police Foundation, the simulator will be made available to other local departments as well.
Link to Article

Fairfax Police Reach Twitter Milestone
Washington Post, (10/02/2016), Martin Weil

The Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department recently reached 100,000 followers on its Twitter account. The department also emphasized its use of other social media platforms in announcing the milestone.
Link to Article

New EMA Vehicle Will Benefit First Responders Here
Missourian, (10/2/2016), Monte Miller

In Missouri's Franklin County, the Emergency Management Agency has designed, and begun deploying, a customized 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe with a law enforcement package as a command vehicle that can assist law enforcement, fire and emergency services. The vehicle includes a mobile data hub, three separate mobile radios, a whiteboard and a tablet, and can access emergency scenes more easily and more quickly than some other vehicles.
Link to Article

Premise Alerts Better Prepare First Responders for Special Situations, Emergency Professionals Say, (10/04/2016), Joyce Brumbaugh

Residents of Cambria County, Pa., may submit "premise alert" forms to the county's Department of Emergency Services. Information from the forms will be tied to their addresses and will alert fire, police and EMS personnel that an individual with special needs - such as autism, Alzheimer's, poor articulation due to stroke, hearing loss, lack of knowledge of spoken English, etc. - lives at that address.
Link to Article

Corrections News

State Crime Mostly Down as Lockup Population Dwindles, Study Says
SF Gate, (09/27/2016), Bob Egelko

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, California has accomplished historical reductions in its incarcerated population since 2009, and overall crime rates have also reached historical lows. However, recently released inmates still commit new crimes at high levels, and in 2015, there were slight increases in both violent and non-violent crimes, mirroring a nationwide trend.
Link to Article

DOC Groping for Alternatives After Ditching X-ray Body Scanners
The Courier-Gazette and Camden Herald, (09/29/2016), Jordan Bailey

The Maine Department of Corrections has stopped using transmission X-Ray scanners to detect contraband, following a citation from the Bureau of Labor Standards for "serious" safety violations related to operation of a body scanner at Maine Correctional Center. Corrections officers had voiced concerns about having to operate the scanners, which were more irradiating than the controversial backscatter X-ray systems previously used in airports.
Link to Article

ACA Means More Coverage for People on Parole
Futurity, (09/26/2016), Kara Gavin

Under the Affordable Care Act, health coverage rates for individuals on probation or parole, or who had been arrested recently, have increased. The study also found that these individuals were more likely to be treated for drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness. Researchers studied national data from nearly 16,000 adults under age 65 who were recently on probation or parole or under arrest between 2008 and 2014, comparing them to more than 218,000 adults who had no justice system involvement during the same years.
Link to Article

Drone Flies 'Weapons and Escape Kit' Including Hacksaw Blades and a Screwdriver Into Jail
Daily, (10/01/2016)

A bundle dropped from a drone to a roof at HMP Hewell in Worcestershire, United Kingdom, contained hacksaw blades, a screwdriver, cannabis, mobile phones, chargers, superglue and razor blades. Officials confiscated the items and increased security at the facility. In the past 21 months, at least 29 drones have crashed inside correctional facilities in England and Wales.
Link to Article

Online Behind Bars: If Internet Access is a Human Right, Should Prisoners Have It?
The Guardian US Edition, (10/01/2016), Dan Tynan

The vast majority of the 2.3 million inmates in the United States are forbidden from accessing the Internet, and inmates may be punished if their families post online on their behalf. Access is forbidden to inmates due to concerns they may use the Internet to harass and threaten victims and witnesses or to commit online crimes. Denying inmates a chance to keep skills current makes it more difficult for them to reintegrate into society on release. However, in the past two years, several providers have begun distributing basic tablet computers to inmates that offer limited technology access in an effort to improve behavior and reduce recidivism.
Link to Article

Contraband Drugs in W.Va. Jails Are an Epidemic: State and County Officials
The Exponent Telegram, (10/04/2016), Lisa Troshinsky

In this article, various state and county officials agree that contraband drugs are a problem in the state's jails, but express varying opinions on whether, and how, to address the issue.
Link to Article

Out of Prison, Out of Work
Bloomberg View, (10/03/2016), Justin Fox

Statistics shows that the number of men in the prime working ages of 25 to 65 who are not in the labor force (not actively working or looking for work) has been rising since the 1970s. Various factors may play a role, including the elimination of trade work by technology and increased emphasis on the importance of leisure time, but in the United States, high incarceration rates also play a significant role. The "NILF" rate has increased worldwide during that time period, but much more sharply in the United States, which has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world.
Link to Article

Iris-scanning Technology Helps Deputies Keep a Closer Eye on Inmates
WBRC Fox 6 News, (09/26/2016), Trang Pham-Bui

In Mississippi's Harrison County, individuals being booked into the county jail must stand still for not only a mug shot, but also an iris scan. Considered more accurate than fingerprints, the iris scans are processed through a database that tells deputies whether, and where, the individual has been booked before. The process takes only seconds to complete and results in an average of two "hits" for false identity monthly.
Link to Article

Reliability Problems Plague Home Detention Technology
Fox 59, (10/02/2016), Russ McQuaid

Individuals wearing monitoring devices used in Marion County, Ind., have complained that their devices tend to malfunction, putting them in danger of re-incarceration even though they have not actually committed any violations. Although some of the problems relate to technical difficulties, others arise from their not understanding how to properly charge the device.
Link to Article

Marin County Targets at-risk Youth for Internships
North Bay Business Journal, (10/02/2016), Cynthia Sweeney

Marin County's pilot program that offered internships to youth who are on probation or were on probation has succeeded so well that the county plans to offer it again in 2017. The program exposed 10 youth ages 16 - 22 to various county departments over a six-week period. In addition to working 20 hours a week, the participants received training in job-readiness skills and participated in career exploration workshops.
Link to Article

GPS Ankle Bracelet Key to Nabbing Alleged Pawtucket, Central Falls Bank Robber
Providence Journal, (09/28/2016), Amanda Milkovits

Parolee Derek DeCosta has been arrested and charged with committing bank robberies in Central Falls and Pawtucket, R.I., while wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet. Investigators tracked the device going in and out of the banks during the times the robberies were committed; DeCosta was also identified through video surveillance footage and a facial recognition program.
Link to Article

From Handcuffs to Wristbands: Erie County Jail Inmates Wear New Tech-savvy Bracelets
Sandusky Register, (10/04/2016), Andy Ouriel

The Erie County (Pa.) Jail requires all inmates to wear new orange wristbands that use bar code technology to identify inmates, let medical staff know about medications, provide a record of where the inmates go inside the jail and include information on previous criminal history. The wristbands replace several paper-based systems and should provide for more accurate and efficient record-keeping. Funds from the jail's commissary service will pay the $1,200 annual cost of their use.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • International Community Corrections Association: 24th Annual International Research Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2-5, 2016
  • National Conference on Correctional Health Care, October 22-27, 2016 Las Vegas, NV
  • School Safety Leadership Academy, November 10-11, 2016, Palm Springs, CA.
  • American Probation and Parole Association: Winter Training Institute,
    Reno, NV, January 8-11, 2017
  • American Correctional Association Conference, San Antonio, TX,
    January 20-25, 2017
  • 2017 National Conference on Bullying, March 1-3, 2017, Orlando, FL.
New Publications

Follow-up Inspection and Testing Program Helps Stop Potential Armor Issues,
Justice Technology Information Center,

NIJ Law Enforcement Aviation Technology Program: Final Report,
Justice Technology Information Center,

Analysis of Drugs of Abuse in Human Hair: Surface Contamination and Localization of Analysis,
National Institute of Justice,

Bath Salt-type Aminoketone Designer Drugs: Analytical and Synthetic Studies on Substituted Cathinones,
National Institute of Justice,

The Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention,
National Institute of Justice,

Characterization of Designer Drugs: Chemical Stability, Exposure, and Metabolite Identification, Final Summary Overview and Appendix,
National Institute of Justice,

Computerized Reconstruction of Fragmentary Skeletal Remains for Purposes of Extracting Osteometric Measurements and Estimating MNI,
National Institute of Justice,

COPS on Dots Doing What? The Differential Effects of Police Enforcement Actions in Hot Spots,
National Institute of Justice,

Development of a Modern Compendium of Microcrystal Test for Illicit Drugs and Diverted Pharmaceuticals, Final Summary Overview,
National Institute of Justice,

Development of a Science Base and Open Source Software for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis,
National Institute of Justice,

Evaluating a Researcher-Practitioner Partnership and Field Experiment,
National Institute of Justice,

Error Rates for Latent Fingerprinting as a Function of Visual Complexity and Cognitive Difficulty,
National Institute of Justice,

Hope II: A Follow-up to Hawaii's HOPE Evaluation,
National Institute of Justice,

The Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego County,
National Institute of Justice,

Separation and Identification of Drugs by Electrospray Ionization-Ion Mobility Spectrometry-Mass Spectrometry,
National Institute of Justice,

Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Police Foundation Review of the San Bernardino Terrorist Attacks,
Police foundation and the Community Oriented Policing Service Office,

Officer-Involved Shootings: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders,
International Association of Chiefs of Police and Community Oriented Policing Services Office,

Officer-Involved Shootings Investigative Protocols: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders,
International Association of Chiefs of Police and Community Oriented Policing Services Office,

The FBI's National N-Dex Program,

The N-DEX/Criminal Justice Partnership,


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