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December 1, 2016

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New Profiles Added to JTIC Body Worn Camera Market Survey

Staff recently added profiles of three additional body worn cameras to the JUSTNET Body Worn Camera Market Survey: Prima Facie, SmartKam 100 and SmartKam 200. To view all the profiles included in the survey, visit

 Read About How "Eyes in the Skies" Create Problems for Correctional Facilities

The November/December 2016 issue of Corrections Today, the bimonthly magazine of the American Correctional Association, features "Eyes in the Skies: The Latest Threat to Correctional Institution Security," which looks at the problems that improper use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can cause for correctional facilities. Co-written by JTIC corrections subject-matter expert Joe Russo and Dr. John Shaffer, the article overviews how UAS can potentially smuggle contraband into facilities, and presents detection and mitigation solutions and looks at legal and policy considerations. Visit

 Nominations Open for National Missing Children's Day Awards

In May of each year, DOJ, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals, organizations and agencies that have made a significant contribution to protecting children during the prior calendar year.

For more information on the 2017 awards, visit All nominations must be submitted by January 20, 2017.

 New Issue of AJAlert Available

Visit to read the November 29 issue of AJAlert, the online newsletter of the American Jail Association. The newsletter features news briefs and listings of upcoming events.

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Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Fort Bend ISD Police Officers to Wear Body Cameras in Schools
Chron, (11/22/2016), Shelby Webb

Officers with the Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District Police Department will begin wearing body cameras after the Thanksgiving holidays. The department's chief said the decision to order the cameras was made a year ago because of reports of disturbing use of force at the national and state levels. Several other Houston area school districts have already begun using the devices.
Link to Article

Aerial Speed Monitoring Grounded in Md. and Va.
WTOP, (11/28/2016), Mike Murillo

Although signs remain in place in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area warning motorists that speed may be monitored by aircraft, law enforcement in both Virginia and Maryland say it has been several years since that type of enforcement has taken place. Budgetary constraints have limited such missions, but the signs themselves act as a deterrent.
Link to Article

LAPD Could Roll Out 'Less-lethal' Weapon Citywide to Curb Escalation
Los Angeles Daily News, (11/28/2016), Brenda Gazzar

A Los Angeles Police Department review committee will determine whether a three-month pilot project expanding the use of less-lethal guns that fire 40-mm sponge rounds will continue as a citywide deployment of the devices. The guns are intended to incapacitate, but not kill, a subject. Sponge rounds generally hit harder and can be used at a farther distance than beanbag rounds.
Link to Article

K-9 Dogs Are Overdosing During Drug Raids on the Very Opioids They're Investigating
Miami Herald, (11/28/2016), Elizabeth Koh

Three drug detection dogs used by the Broward County (Fla.) Police Department during an October drug raid suffered symptoms of a severe drug overdose due to exposure to fentanyl. Rushed to a veterinary hospital, the dogs recovered after being treated with naloxone. The department's dog handlers now carry naloxone when on patrol.
Link to Article

INDIANA EXCHANGE: Conservation Officer OK'd to Fly Drones
NWI Times, (11/29/2016), Carson Gerber for the Kokomo Tribune

Five Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers, including one who covers Howard and Tipton counties, has been authorized to fly drones to assist with search and rescue operations. The DNR owns two drones, and has received official permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the craft. The drones can fly well over a mile from the pilot and fly as high as a low-flying helicopter. They also are equipped to drop ropes to people during water-rescue missions and can map obstacles to the search and rescue mission.
Link to Article

Campbell Police Fight Package Thieves With 'Bait Packages'
KTVU Fox 2, (11/29/2016)

In a program similar to better-known bait bike programs put in place across the country, the police department in Campbell, Calif., has begun placing "bait packages" containing GPS units on porches in areas known to have been impacted by so-called "porch pirates." During the holiday season, the prevalence of thefts of packages from residents' front porches and steps increases dramatically, and the department hopes the program will enable them to decrease the incidence of such thefts.
Link to Article

University of Maryland to Begin Using Gunshot Detection Technology on Campus
Fox 5, (11/29/2016), Lindsay Watts

The University of Maryland recently began using the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system as a potential deterrent to active shooter situations on campus. ShotSpotter has previously been deployed in a number of major U.S. cities.
Link to Article

Corrections News

Pennsylvania Does Away With 'Food Loaf' Prison Punishment
PhillyVoice, (11/27/2016), Michael Tanenbaum

Pennsylvania has ended a policy of serving food loaf as a disciplinary meal. Known under various names, food loaf consists of a baked paste made by mashing meat, potatoes, margarine, syrup, vegetables, eggs and seasoning together. The state joins New York in having recently eliminated the meal.
Link to Article

Decades of Neglect Underpins $1.65 Billion Prisons Request
Associated Press, (11/28/2016)

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has tripled its annual budget request to around $1.65 billion, as the department seeks to address the problem of chronically overcrowded and deteriorating prisons. The request includes $10 million for a 5-percent salary increase for corrections workers and more than $123 million for repairs at 17 state prisons and six community corrections centers.
Link to Article

Missouri Seeks Way to Cut Cost of Burying Prisoners
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (11/28/2016), Kurt Erickson

The Missouri Department of Corrections is seeking bids from the state's funeral homes to cut down on the expenses associated with burying prisoners whose bodies are not claimed by friends or relatives. Presently, each correctional facility works with local funeral homes; the state seeks to lower expenses by negotiating a statewide contract.
Link to Article

Community Corrections Helps to Keep People Out of Jail
News-Review, (11/28/2016), Matt MIkus

The Emmet County Community Corrections Department has adopted a number of strategies aimed at keeping low-risk offenders out of jail and reducing their risk of re-offending. Programs include cognitive rehabilitation therapy, support groups and electronic monitoring devices for location tracking and alcohol consumption. The department claims an 80-percent success rate for its monitoring programs.
Link to Article

Behind the Bars: Phones in SC Prisons Putting Public at Risk
WACHFox57, (11/23/2016), Brian McConchie

South Carolina Department of Corrections officials say contraband, especially cell phones, is an ongoing problem in every facility in the state in spite of a number of proactive countermeasures. Inmates often use cell phones to maintain their criminal activities from inside prison. South Carolina is one of a number of states that have been lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for the capability to jam cell phone signals from inside correctional facilities.
Link to Article

DOC Revamps Training for Youth Prison Guards, (11/24/2016), Molly Beck

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has initiated a new training program for guards/youth counselors working at the state's only youth facilities, Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. The overhaul is a consequence of nearly every DOC official responsible for the youth prison either losing their jobs or quitting, and training emphasizes effective communication, proper handling of volatile situations and appropriate use of force.
Link to Article

Vivitrol Emerging as a Drug Treatment Option, (11/27/2016), Judi Currie

Officials at the New Hampshire State Prison are using Vivitrol, a new drug that fights opioid addiction, with individuals who have completed their sentences and are being released. A single shot of Vivitrol given in the buttocks every four weeks blocks the effects of opioid drugs, and combined with behavioral therapy, may help halt the nation's opioid use epidemic. However, the drug is still new and unproven, and some agencies are reluctant to use it.
Link to Article

Video: Texas Jail Teams Up With Animal Shelter to Launch Dog Program, (11/22/2016)

In Texas, the Travis County Correctional Complex and the Austin Animal Shelter collaborate on a program where inmates who have met certain criteria train shelter dogs once a week for 90 minutes. The inmates house-train the dogs and teach them obedience commands, learning a marketable skill and how to take responsibility.
Link to Article

Upcoming Events

For additional information on these events go to:

  • Collecting Footwear and Tire Impressions in Snow - On demand presentation
  • 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

Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols with Security Technology,
National Institute of Justice,

Documentation for Analysis of Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) by the National Institute of Justice,
National Institute of Justice,

Genomic Tools to Reduce Error in PMI Estimates Derived from Entomological Evidence,
National Institute of Justice,

Kiosk Supervision: A Guidebook for Community Corrections Professionals,
National Institute of Justice,

Law Enforcement Perspectives on Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Supplemental Report on Open-Ended Responses on Policy Recommendations,
National Institute of Justice,

Multi-jurisdiction Research on Automated Reporting Systems: Kiosk Supervision,
National Institute of Justice,

Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology,
Bureau of Justice Assistance,

Restrictive Housing in the U.S.: Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions,
National Institute of Justice,

Video Evidence: A Primer for Prosecutors,
Bureau of Justice Assistance,

The Justice Innovation Center: Identifying the Needs and Challenges of Criminal Justice Agencies in Small, Rural, Tribal, and Border Areas,
NLECTC System,

Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust,
Police Foundation,


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