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04/22/2021

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In the third webinar in our Post-Mortem Computed Tomography series, we'll be looking at the CT scans of homicidal and self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Join us on 4/27 to learn how you can use computed tomography to understand the appearance of projectiles, soft tissue damage, and entrance/exit wounds.

Register here: http://ow.ly/oSMZ50Eu3YY

Investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes is much more complicated than simply performing DNA testing. In case...
04/21/2021

Investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes is much more complicated than simply performing DNA testing. In cases in which probative DNA evidence is not readily available or offers little or no meaning to the allegations being made, an accumulation of non-DNA forensic evidence can be what ultimately leads to a successful conviction. #SAAM

Read about an NIJ-funded study: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sexual-assault-cases-exploring-importance-non-dna-forensic-evidence?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=saam2021

Investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes is much more complicated than simply performing DNA testing. In cases in which probative DNA evidence is not readily available or offers little or no meaning to the allegations being made, an accumulation of non-DNA forensic evidence can be what ultimately leads to a successful conviction. #SAAM

Read about an NIJ-funded study: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sexual-assault-cases-exploring-importance-non-dna-forensic-evidence?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=saam2021

Through NIJ’s new LEADS Civilians Program, we’re looking for full-time law enforcement civilians to help advance science...
04/20/2021

Through NIJ’s new LEADS Civilians Program, we’re looking for full-time law enforcement civilians to help advance science in the policing profession. LEADS Civilians are those whose responsibilities are relevant to advancing the use of data and integration of research into policies and practices. Learn more and share this opportunity within your agencies.

Applications are due Monday, May 3, 2020: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/nijs-law-enforcement-advancing-data-and-science-civilians-program?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=leads2021

Through NIJ’s new LEADS Civilians Program, we’re looking for full-time law enforcement civilians to help advance science in the policing profession. LEADS Civilians are those whose responsibilities are relevant to advancing the use of data and integration of research into policies and practices. Learn more and share this opportunity within your agencies.

Applications are due Monday, May 3, 2020: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/nijs-law-enforcement-advancing-data-and-science-civilians-program?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=leads2021

04/20/2021
Why I Applied to NIJ’s American Indian and Alaska Native Travel Scholarship Program

Student scholars participating in NIJ’s American Indian and Alaska Native Student Travel Scholarship Program discuss why they applied to the program.

Watch a video to learn more about this program, and apply for this year’s scholarships by May 10, 2021: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/native-student-travel-scholarship-program-connecting-science-crime-and-justice?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=native-scholarships

Do you research geographic and spatial data to improve policing and criminal justice? NIJ is looking for innovative idea...
04/19/2021

Do you research geographic and spatial data to improve policing and criminal justice? NIJ is looking for innovative ideas to present during the NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2021 Conference.

Submit your research for consideration! Deadline is April 30: https://nij.ojp.gov/iaca-2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=iaca2021

Do you research geographic and spatial data to improve policing and criminal justice? NIJ is looking for innovative ideas to present during the NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2021 Conference.

Submit your research for consideration! Deadline is April 30: https://nij.ojp.gov/iaca-2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=iaca2021

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 18-24, 2021. Join us during this week...
04/19/2021

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 18-24, 2021.

Join us during this weeklong initiative to raise awareness for victims' rights, celebrate progress made in the field, and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Get started by using resources from the Office for Victims of Crime: https://go.usa.gov/xs

#NCVRW2021

The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 18-24, 2021.

Join us during this weeklong initiative to raise awareness for victims' rights, celebrate progress made in the field, and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Get started by using resources from the Office for Victims of Crime: https://go.usa.gov/xs

#NCVRW2021

Promising Program for Probationers with Mental Illnesses Community Reporting Engagement Support and Training is an enhan...
04/16/2021
Program Profile: Community Reporting Engagement Support and Training (CREST)

Promising Program for Probationers with Mental Illnesses

Community Reporting Engagement Support and Training is an enhanced day reporting center designed to reduce the risk of recidivism in probationers with mental illnesses. It provides services such as substance abuse treatment and crisis intervention.

The program is rated Promising. Treatment group probationers had a statistically significantly lower risk of conviction for any offense, compared with control group participants on standard probation. However, there was no statistically significant effect on the risk of conviction for a felony.

Learn more:
https://crimesolutions.ojp.gov/ratedprograms/718?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=csreleases

Are you a university or college faculty member or researcher who has studied areas in the law enforcement field? NIJ is ...
04/15/2021

Are you a university or college faculty member or researcher who has studied areas in the law enforcement field?

NIJ is seeking applications for our LEADS Academics program, for which you may be eligible! We encourage applications from diverse academic disciplines including, but not limited to, social and behavioral sciences, technology, engineering, and math. Learn how you can apply to become a LEADS Academic: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/nijs-law-enforcement-advancing-data-and-science-academics-program?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=leads2021

Are you a university or college faculty member or researcher who has studied areas in the law enforcement field?

NIJ is seeking applications for our LEADS Academics program, for which you may be eligible! We encourage applications from diverse academic disciplines including, but not limited to, social and behavioral sciences, technology, engineering, and math. Learn how you can apply to become a LEADS Academic: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/nijs-law-enforcement-advancing-data-and-science-academics-program?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=leads2021

NIJ published the National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach, which was the result of...
04/15/2021

NIJ published the National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach, which was the result of both NIJ’s commitment to respond to sexual assaults and the dedication of more than 50 subject matter experts, including the law enforcement, medical, legal, advocacy, victim, and forensic laboratory communities.

The resulting 35 recommendations not only emphasize the need for communication, collaboration, and transparency among stakeholders, but also promote efficiency, timeliness, and the importance of quality laboratory practice.

Learn more for #SAAM: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/national-best-practices-sexual-assault-kits-multidisciplinary-approach?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=saam2021

NIJ published the National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach, which was the result of both NIJ’s commitment to respond to sexual assaults and the dedication of more than 50 subject matter experts, including the law enforcement, medical, legal, advocacy, victim, and forensic laboratory communities.

The resulting 35 recommendations not only emphasize the need for communication, collaboration, and transparency among stakeholders, but also promote efficiency, timeliness, and the importance of quality laboratory practice.

Learn more for #SAAM: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/national-best-practices-sexual-assault-kits-multidisciplinary-approach?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=saam2021

Promising Program for Reducing Incarceration and Violence Among Young MenThe Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI)...
04/13/2021
Program Profile: Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI)

Promising Program for Reducing Incarceration and Violence Among Young Men

The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is a secondary violence prevention program that targets young men most likely to commit or be victim of gang or gun crime to reduce their incarceration and victimization from violent crime.

The program is rated Promising. SSYI youths were statistically significantly less likely to be incarcerated compared with comparison group youths. SSYI-funded cities had statistically significant reductions in all measured city-level crime victimization rates, compared with comparison cities.

Learn more: https://crimesolutions.ojp.gov/ratedprograms/717?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=csreleases

We’re seeking American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sc...
04/13/2021

We’re seeking American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sciences to attend criminal justices-related conferences and meetings, as NIJ continues to build research capacity that will enhance public safety in tribal nations.

Apply by May 10, 2021: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/native-student-travel-scholarship-program-connecting-science-crime-and-justice?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=native-scholarships

We’re seeking American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sciences to attend criminal justices-related conferences and meetings, as NIJ continues to build research capacity that will enhance public safety in tribal nations.

Apply by May 10, 2021: https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/native-student-travel-scholarship-program-connecting-science-crime-and-justice?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=native-scholarships

NIJ works with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) to create awareness of resources and ensure that exi...
04/13/2021
Sexual Assault Reform – Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

NIJ works with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) to create awareness of resources and ensure that existing research, information, knowledge and best practices are available and accessible to all who contribute to the nation’s response to sexual assault.

These practices are delivered to nurse examiners, sexual assault forensic examiners, and collaborative sexual assault response teams (SANE/SAFE/SART), focusing on systemic challenges that impede the investigation of criminal sexual assaults in the U.S

#SAAM #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth

Overview: At the request of the National Institute of Justice, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) leads a comprehensive federal effort to organize and transfer knowledge and best practices of sexual assault. These practices are delivered to nurse examiners, sexual assault forensic....

NIJ-funded researchers are developing an app for medical personnel that helps them find bruises in children, as well as ...
04/12/2021

NIJ-funded researchers are developing an app for medical personnel that helps them find bruises in children, as well as other tools to allow them to evaluate injuries more objectively and to answer the fundamental question: Was the infant’s bone fracture caused by an accident or abuse?

For Child Abuse Prevention Month, read and share this research: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/child-abuse-or-accident-bringing-science-pediatric-emergency-departments?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=capmonth2021

NIJ-funded researchers are developing an app for medical personnel that helps them find bruises in children, as well as other tools to allow them to evaluate injuries more objectively and to answer the fundamental question: Was the infant’s bone fracture caused by an accident or abuse?

For Child Abuse Prevention Month, read and share this research: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/child-abuse-or-accident-bringing-science-pediatric-emergency-departments?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=capmonth2021

Under a newly awarded contract, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) will continue to benefit fr...
04/12/2021

Under a newly awarded contract, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) will continue to benefit from the expertise of a veteran staff of forensic analysts intimately familiar with the program’s mission. A system of built-in contingency plans, including at least two Combined DNA Index System upload sites dedicated to missing and unidentified persons cases, is designed to ensure that future forensic testing services can continue without interruption.

Learn more: https://www.forensicmag.com/574836-EXCLUSIVE-NamUs-Announces-New-Contractor-Sub-Contractor/

Under a newly awarded contract, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) will continue to benefit from the expertise of a veteran staff of forensic analysts intimately familiar with the program’s mission. A system of built-in contingency plans, including at least two Combined DNA Index System upload sites dedicated to missing and unidentified persons cases, is designed to ensure that future forensic testing services can continue without interruption.

Learn more: https://www.forensicmag.com/574836-EXCLUSIVE-NamUs-Announces-New-Contractor-Sub-Contractor/

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2021 Conference is hosting a call for presenta...
04/09/2021

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2021 Conference is hosting a call for presentations competition to find the most cutting-edge research using geographic information systems and spatial data analysis in criminal justice.

Does your research fit the bill? Submit an application by April 30, 2021: https://nij.ojp.gov/iaca-2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=iaca2021

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts 2021 Conference is hosting a call for presentations competition to find the most cutting-edge research using geographic information systems and spatial data analysis in criminal justice.

Does your research fit the bill? Submit an application by April 30, 2021: https://nij.ojp.gov/iaca-2021?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=iaca2021

What is Technology-Facilitated Abuse?Technology-facilitated abuse refers to harmful acts or courses of conduct facilitat...
04/08/2021

What is Technology-Facilitated Abuse?

Technology-facilitated abuse refers to harmful acts or courses of conduct facilitated through digital means that can compromise victims’ privacy and cause them to fear for their safety, such as cyberstalking, nonconsensual po*******hy, swatting, doxing, and sextortion.

Learn more about this research-based criminal justice term: https://nij.ojp.gov/term-month?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=april21totm

What is Technology-Facilitated Abuse?

Technology-facilitated abuse refers to harmful acts or courses of conduct facilitated through digital means that can compromise victims’ privacy and cause them to fear for their safety, such as cyberstalking, nonconsensual po*******hy, swatting, doxing, and sextortion.

Learn more about this research-based criminal justice term: https://nij.ojp.gov/term-month?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=april21totm

Cognitive Life Skills Uses CBT to Reduce RecidivismThis is a cognitive-behavioral intervention that seeks to reduce reci...
04/08/2021
Program Profile: Cognitive Life Skills (CLS)

Cognitive Life Skills Uses CBT to Reduce Recidivism

This is a cognitive-behavioral intervention that seeks to reduce recidivism in offenders leaving secure confinement by addressing antisocial attitudes and decision-making. The program is designed for adult medium- and high-risk offenders.

The program is rated Promising. Treatment group offenders were statistically significantly less likely to recidivate, compared with control group offenders, during parole supervision.

Learn more:

Seeking Help with a Market Survey on Law Enforcement Health and Wellness SoftwareNIJ is soliciting information for an up...
04/07/2021

Seeking Help with a Market Survey on Law Enforcement Health and Wellness Software

NIJ is soliciting information for an upcoming Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium report that will provide a landscape view of application software for mental health and wellness in the law enforcement community.

We encourage you to contribute via the Federal Register post. Submissions are due May 10, 2021, by 5:00 pm ET: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/03/24/2021-06026/law-enforcement-mental-health-and-wellness-application-software-market-survey

Seeking Help with a Market Survey on Law Enforcement Health and Wellness Software

NIJ is soliciting information for an upcoming Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium report that will provide a landscape view of application software for mental health and wellness in the law enforcement community.

We encourage you to contribute via the Federal Register post. Submissions are due May 10, 2021, by 5:00 pm ET: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/03/24/2021-06026/law-enforcement-mental-health-and-wellness-application-software-market-survey

Timeline Photos
04/07/2021

Timeline Photos

In the first webinar of our Post-Mortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) series, participants will be introduced to x-ray CT and some key differences between CT and traditional x-ray. Join us on 4/13 as our subject matter experts cover technical and practical considerations for applying PMCT!

Register here: http://ow.ly/8Vcw50EiGTN

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