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November 24, 2016

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Funding for Research Assistantship Positions with NIJ, NIJ will provide funds to participating universities to pay salaries and costs associated with research assistants to work on NIJ research projects. Qualified doctoral students have until January 27, 2017 to work with their schools to apply.

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NLECTC Spotlight

Baseline Specifications for Smart Gun Technology

The U.S. Department of Justice has released a final version of "baseline specifications" that outlines, for the first time, a detailed description of the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart gun technology. Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols with Security Technology was drafted by DOJ's National Institute of Justice in partnership with a team of firearms experts at DOJ and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These voluntary specifications provide guidance to potential manufacturers about what government purchasers require in their firearms; serve as a standard against which existing technology can be measured, making it possible to identify what research and development gaps remain; and allow federal, state and local governments to demonstrate that demand for smart guns may exist, if certain operational requirements are met. For information, go to

Report on Law Enforcement Use of UAS

The Police Foundation has released new recommendations for local law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for public safety purposes. Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust provides guidance on all aspects of UAS use in public safety, including operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations. To access the report, go to

 New Book on Restrictive Housing in Correctional Facilities

In her latest Director's Corner message, National Institute of Justice Director Nancy Rodriguez announces the release of a new book, Restrictive Housing in the U.S.: Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions. Restrictive housing is also known as solitary confinement and administrative segregation. The book provides a current comprehensive review of what is known about the use of restrictive housing in U.S. correctional facilities, and the effects of this practice on incarcerated individuals, corrections staff and the institution as a whole. To read the director's message, go to

 DEA Schedules Deadly Synthetic Drug U-47700

Responding to the imminent threat to public health and safety, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed U-47700 into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, effective on November 14. Emergency scheduling of dangerous drugs such as U-47700 on a temporary basis is one of the most significant tools DEA can utilize to address the problems associated with deadly new street drugs. U-47700 is a novel synthetic opioid, and its abuse parallels that of heroin, prescription opioids and other novel opioids. Law enforcement agencies report seizures of the drug in powder form and counterfeit tablets that mimic pharmaceutical opioids. Abuse of the drug often happens unknowingly to the user, and it is encountered as a single substance as well as in combination with other drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. DEA received reports of at least 46 confirmed fatalities associated with U-47700, 31 of which occurred in New York and 10 in North Carolina. From October 2015 to September 2016, DEA received 88 reports from state and local forensic laboratories of U-47700 submissions. For information, see

 SSAC 2017 Bullying Conference

Registration is open for the School Safety Advocacy Council 2017 National Conference on Bullying. The conference is scheduled for March 10-13, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. For information and to register, go to

 AJA Annual Conference & Jail Expo

Registration is open for the 2017 American Jail Association annual conference. The event, which focuses exclusively on local jail and detention facilities, is scheduled for April 9-12, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. For information and to register, go to

 Justice Innovation Center Report Now Available on JUSTNET

The Justice Innovation Center for Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Agencies has released its Year 1 report, detailing the results of a literature review, individual interviews and focus group discussions on the technology needs of the agencies that make up its target audience. The center is part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System. Download the report by visiting JUSTNET, the website of the NLECTC System, at  While you're there, check out JUSTNET's many other features; sign up to subscribe to e-TechBeat, the NLECTC System's online monthly news magazine; and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

MU College of Education Receives Grant to Study Principal Training
Columbia Tribune, (11/14/2016)

The National Institute of Justice has awarded the Missouri Prevention Center and University of Missouri College of Education a $4.1 million grant to study a training program for school principals to deter bullying. The grant will support the Safe and Civil Schools Leadership program, which teaches principals and teachers to collect and use data and develop programs to make schools safer. Researchers will study the program in 60 middle and high schools in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
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NCCo Launches 'Panic Button' App for Local Agencies, Businesses
The News Journal, (11/15/2016), Brittany Horn

A new 911 communication system in New Castle County in Delaware integrates a panic button, live camera feeds and an automatic 911 call through a free smartphone app. Schools, malls, hospitals and other institutions can download the Rave Panic Button app and register their building and employees, and provide information to emergency responders at the scene. To report an emergency, a user can press the button most relating to their situation, prompting a call to 911 and notification to employees and agencies that need to respond.
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Burglars Beware: High-Tech, Crime-Fighting Liquid is 'Invisible and Silent Witness' to Theft
The Washington Post, (11/16/2016), Lynh Bui

Law enforcement agencies are using liquid technology designed to link criminals to stolen goods and crime scenes. The Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland is among the latest law enforcement agencies to begin using SmartWater, a traceable liquid that people can apply to their belongings and that is detectable only by using UV light. Each bottle of the product contains a unique forensic code that is registered to the owner. Law enforcement can send a sample of the dried SmartWater scraped off an item to a lab in Florida, where technicians will trace the owner. The UK-based company said that the product is used in more than 30 cities across the United States.
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Fort Worth to Get $350,000 Gift to Buy Body Armor for Police
Star-Telegram, (11/16/2016), Sandra Baker

The Fort Worth Police Department will use a $355,000 donation from a real estate developer to buy 900 advanced ballistic-resistant vests that offer better protection from rifle shots. Also, the Protect the Fort group has committed to raise an additional $250,000 to buy 900 advanced ballistic helmets.
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Manhattan DA Reveals $10 Million Lab Dedicated to Fighting Cybercrime
New York Daily News, (11/17/2016), Ellen Moynihan Reuven Blau

New York City has a new $10 million cybercrime lab. The 17,000-square-foot facility in Manhattan will have more than 75 full-time staffers, including assistant district attorneys assigned to a specialized investigative bureau focused on cybercrime and identity theft.
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$218K Awarded to Hudson County Police Departments for Body Armor
The Jersey Journal, (11/17/2016), Ron Zeitlinger

Three Hudson County, N.J., law enforcement agencies have been awarded a total of $64,000 to purchase body armor. Through the state Division of Criminal Justice's Body Armor Replacement Fund, the Hudson County jail will receive nearly $36,000, the county sheriff's office will receive nearly $20,000 and the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office will get $8,300.
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Mental Health Training Increases in Law Enforcement Academy
News-Press Now, (11/14/2016), Megan Favignano

Law enforcement academy programs have increased their emphasis on mental health. About 2 million jail bookings each year involve a person with mental illness, according to a Vera Institute of Justice 2015 report. The National Alliance on Mental Health's analysis shows in many cases law enforcement agencies have become de facto first responders to individuals having a mental health crisis. Kip Wilson, interim director for the Regional Law Enforcement Academy at Missouri Western, said law enforcement academies also have added training specific to the mental health of officers. Cadets go through stress courses, which include situations they may encounter as an officer.
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Real-Time Crime Mapping by Springfield Police Called 'Next Evolution' in Policing
MASSLive, (11/21/2016), Patrick Johnson

The Springfield (Mass.) Police Department has new software that allows officers to see real-time maps of crimes in the city. The CrimeView Dashboard software allows an officer on a sector patrol to view on a mobile laptop a map showing recent incidents of all types of reported crime, and it helps supervisors decide where to deploy officers.
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Corrections News

Nevada Prisons Change Policies on Discipline, Mental Health Treatment
Las Vegas Sun, (11/15/2016), Cy Ryan

The Nevada Department of Corrections is taking steps to better prepare inmates for their eventual release. Prison inmates who commit infractions will spend less time in segregation and possibly receive treatment to help control anger. Inmates with mental health issues will be transferred to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, where better treatment facilities are available.
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On Heels of Justice Reform, Utah Prisons Have Seen Populations Decline
The Salt Lake Tribune, (11/15/2016), Robert Gehrke

Changes in how Utah punishes drug offenders have contributed to a significant drop in the number of people incarcerated. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative was designed in 2014 to increase the number of drug offenders in treatment. Before the initiative was enacted, officials projected that the prison population through the first six months of the year was on pace to reach 7,498, and then was expected to be held to 6,674 after the initiative. However, currently the number is 6,371, which is 15 percent below the projections before the reforms passed. Drug possession is now considered a Class A misdemeanor rather than a felony, meaning more offenders are getting steered into treatment programs rather than put in prison.
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Nevada Receives $978K Federal Grant to Reduce Recidivism
Las Vegas Review Journal, (11/16/2016), Andra Chereb

Nevada will use a $978,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to reduce recidivism among male inmates convicted of property crimes and drug offenses. The program will target property crime offenders between the ages of 18 and 55 who are assessed as moderate to very high risk of reoffending, and where substance abuse was a factor in the crime. Inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are also included. The plan includes enhanced case management for supervising released inmates with an emphasis on public safety, offender accountability and community programs.
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Pennsylvania Corrections Officers Get Final OK to Carry Pepper Spray
ABC27News, (11/21/2016), Myles Snyder

The governor of Pennsylvania has approved legislation allowing corrections officers in state prisons to carry pepper spray. The bill signed by Gov. Tom Wolf requires the state Department of Corrections to issue canisters of oleoresin capsicum aerosol to officers working in medium- and high-security state prisons. The bill becomes law in 60 days. Supporters say pepper spray can deter prison assaults and protect corrections officers, but only a few officers had been allowed to carry it.
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Oklahoma Department of Corrections Wants $800,000,000 to Build Two New Prisons
KFORTV, (11/21/2016), Sheldra Brigham

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections wants $800,000,000 to build two new prisons. Officials said existing facilities are old, outdated and overcrowded, and limit the use of technology. Critics of the plan said a better use of state funds is to support programs to keep people out of prison. But state officials said the number of inmates is expected to continue to rise, and having the extra space of two new prisons is imperative to public safety.
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    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.

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