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New Publications


Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor: A Guide to Fit, Wear & Care (video), Justice Technology Information Center,


NIBRS Transition Report, Bureau of Justice Statistics,


2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, Drug Enforcement Administration,


Research on the Impact of Technology on Policing Strategy in the 21st Century, Final Report, National Institute of Justice,


Rotational Grid, PAI-Maximizing Crime Forecasts, National Institute of Justice,


Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders, The White House,


NLECTC Spotlight

Register Now for Houses of Worship Emergency Preparedness Webinar

The Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff’s office, in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at Frederick Community College, will present a webinar on houses of worship emergency preparedness on Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. The webinar covers a review of hazards, the planning process and the Justice Technology Information Center’s Safeguarding Houses of Worship app. To register, visit


The sheriff’s office will also host a live workshop for local houses of worship on Monday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center. No registration is required; attendees are encouraged to bring an iOS or Android device to download the SHOW app.


For more information, contact Lt. Mark Landahl at (301) 600-4018 or by email at Changing Application Method's legacy PDF application package will be retired on Dec. 31, 2017. Workspace ( is now the standard application method. Read a blog post at that summarizes this transition and provides links to resources for applying for grants using Workspace.





Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Oklahoma to Install High-Speed Cameras to Catch the Uninsured

Government Technology, (11/21/2017), Scott Berson

In 2018, Oklahoma will begin using traffic cameras to scan drivers’ license plates and send tickets to those who do not have insurance. Drivers will face a $184 fine, and if they do not pay, they face possible prosecution. An estimated 25 percent of Oklahoma drivers do not have insurance.


Surveillance Cameras in Bars, Homes Could Feed Into New Orleans Crime Monitoring Center, (11/21/2017), Alex Woodward

New Orleans has a new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center, with plans to include feeds from surveillance cameras owned by businesses and residents along with video from city-owned surveillance devices. The center will primarily be staffed by civilian employees, and is part of a multi-million project to decrease crime rates in the city.


All’s Quiet So Far With City’s New Alert System

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, (11/28/2017), Matt Dotray

The LBKAlert system launched a few weeks ago, but so far the Lubbock Police Department has not elected to use it for any public safety event. A department spokesman says that the system is intended for use in times when there is a need for a citywide alert, and the department will err on the side of caution in using it.


Dayton’s New Traffic Weapon: A Speed Gun That Can Cite You With No Stop

Dayton Daily News, (11/28/2017), Cornelius Frolik

In October 2017, the police department in Dayton, Ohio, began using DragonEye Speed Lidar devices, which allow officers to take photos of speeding vehicles, thus enabling them to issues citations without making a traffic stop. Unlike stationary speed cameras, these devices can be deployed anywhere in the city.

Corrections News

Mecklenburg Jail Visits Are Now Solely by Video. Critics Say That Hurts Inmates, Families., (11/21/2017), Charlotte Observer Staff

A growing number of North Carolina jails, including the one in Mecklenburg County, have ended in-person visits in favor of video-only visitation. Research indicates that inmates who receive visits and remain connected with family and friends are less likely to reoffend, and that in-person visits return greater results than do video-only visits.


Informed Decision-making Belongs in the Justice System

Des Moines Register, (11/21/2017), Lettie Prell, contributor

This opinion piece, written by a retired research director with the Iowa Department of Corrections, takes a stand against the recent backlash against using risk assessments in determining sentencing and setting bond.


Drones Are Caught Flying Drugs or Mobile Phones Into Jail Every Five Days: Specialist Squad Has Seized 120 Devices Since the Start of 2016 and Convicted 17 People

Daily Mail, (11/21/2017), Ian Drury

In the United Kingdom, a new specialist squad established in January 2016 has recovered 120 drones used in attempts to smuggle contraband into the nation’s jails. The team’s efforts have led to the conviction of 17 individuals.


New AEI Report Suggests Reforms to Curb Recidivism

Correctional News, (11/20/2017), Daedalus Howell

The American Enterprise Institute recently released “Rethinking Prison: A Strategy for Evidence-Based Reform,” a 37-page report in which the author calls for reforms aimed at reducing recidivism rates. The report calls for an increase in instructional programs, a reduction in the number of prisoners and increased use of risk assessments.


'Mass Exodus' of Texas Prison Guards Leaves Some Units Understaffed

Houston Chronicle, (11/15/2017), Keri Blakinger

The Texas correctional system faced a 28-percent turnover rate in the past fiscal year, which some experts attribute to a recovering oil and gas sector. In times of economic prosperity, individuals often leave corrections jobs for other positions than offer better pay. The system presently has a 12-percent job vacancy rate.


Bail ‘Disrupters’ Have a Plan to Free Thousands From U.S. Jails

NBC Nightly News, (11/23/2017), Hannah Rappleye and Brenda Breslauer

Late in November, criminal justice reformers launched The Bail Project, a plan to use charitable donations to bail people who cannot afford to pay bond out of jail. Backed by $30 million in donations, the group plans to establish a revolving fund to keep more than 160,000 low-income individuals out of jail while awaiting trial for minor offenses.


UNO Researchers to Study Correctional Officers' Stress, Mental Health

KIOS, (11/22/2017), Cheril Lee

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha plan to look for a possible link between correctional officers’ exposure to stressful experiences and subsequent development of long-term mental and physical health issues. In addition to collecting data, the researchers will also take saliva samples to obtain physical evidence of officers’ exposure to stress.






Upcoming Events

For additional information regarding Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts and School Safety event go to:

  • 2018 National Conference on Bullying, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno/Tahoe, NV, March 7 - 9, 2018
  • 13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition, Omni Champions Gate Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL, July 23 - 27, 2018
  • 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX, August 13 - 16, 2018










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