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NIJ is Hiring an Executive Science Advisor Apply to serve as senior advisor to the NIJ Director and Principal Deputy Dir...
09/03/2020

NIJ is Hiring an Executive Science Advisor

Apply to serve as senior advisor to the NIJ Director and Principal Deputy Director on scientific matters. The advisor will:

• Provide expertise in an array of research and evaluation (process, outcome, impact, etc.) methodological approaches and techniques.

• Provide direction and guidance on research designs, sample size, sample population, data collection, data collection instruments, data analysis, data interpretation, replication, and dissemination strategies.

• Advise NIJ scientists on scientific merits of proposals.

• Review scientific documents and provides critiques.

Apply for this position by September 14, 2020:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/577661500

Review of Meta-analysis of Teen Courts Shows No Reduction in RecidivismThis is a specialized diversion intervention that...
09/02/2020
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Review of Meta-analysis of Teen Courts Shows No Reduction in Recidivism

This is a specialized diversion intervention that offers an alternative to traditional court processing for first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders. The goal is to hold juveniles accountable for their behavior, repair the harm caused to the community by their offenses, and reduce juvenile recidivism.

The practice is rated No Effects for reducing juvenile recidivism.

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Group Mentoring Intervention for Students at Risk of Drop Out Rated No Effects by CrimeSolutionsProject Arrive is a grou...
08/31/2020
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Group Mentoring Intervention for Students at Risk of Drop Out Rated No Effects by CrimeSolutions

Project Arrive is a group mentoring intervention for students at risk of drop out.

The program is rated No Effects. Compared with a comparison group, participants received more credits and statistically significant higher scores in school support, belonging, and meaningful participation; peer caring relationships; prosocial peers; home meaningful participation; and problem solving; but not in rates of juvenile offenses, GPAs, instructional time received, or perceptions of home support and self-awareness.

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Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
08/31/2020

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Deepfakes are a form of synthetic media that replace an existing image with someone else’s likeness. In some cases, the synthetic image is almost indiscernible from the person that it is imitating, which can create a lot of problems for forensic analysts. Listen in as we discuss the implications of deepfake technology in this episode of Just Science!

http://ow.ly/Drx750BbFk1

Strength at Home Couples Is Promising for Reducing Physical and Psychological ViolenceThis is a cognitive-behavioral, tr...
08/28/2020
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Strength at Home Couples Is Promising for Reducing Physical and Psychological Violence

This is a cognitive-behavioral, trauma-informed group intervention that is designed to prevent relationship conflict and intimate partner violence (IPV) among military couples.

The program is rated Promising. There were statistically significant reductions in physical and psychological IPV for the treatment group, compared with the control group.

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NIJ currently has six active strategic research plans, whose objectives include information sharing, data collection, an...
08/28/2020

NIJ currently has six active strategic research plans, whose objectives include information sharing, data collection, and technology-driven solutions to address important criminal justice system needs.

As we plan FY 2021 solicitations and other research funding opportunities, interested grantees can review these plans to better understand our research priorities and strategies in these areas.

Read more from NIJ Director David Muhlhausen:

https://nij.ojp.gov/speech/national-institute-justices-strategic-research-plans?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=strategicplans

Office of Justice Programs
08/27/2020

Office of Justice Programs

Beginning on October 15, 2020, the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) will replace the Grants Payment Request System (GPRS) for Department of Justice (DOJ) grant payments. In advance of using ASAP, all DOJ grant recipients must register in the ASAP system in order to be able to receive DOJ grant funding. Learn more: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/about/how-get-ready?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=justgrants

Early Family / Parent Training Programs Reduce Problem BehaviorsThis practice includes programs that seek to provide fam...
08/26/2020
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Early Family / Parent Training Programs Reduce Problem Behaviors

This practice includes programs that seek to provide families and parents with training and skills to help promote their children's physical, mental, and social skills.

The practice is rated Effective for reducing child problem behaviors for children whose families participated in early family/parent training programs, compared with control group children whose families did not participate in programming.

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Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence See Promising Outcomes with MediationThis is a therapeutic program that us...
08/25/2020
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Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence See Promising Outcomes with Mediation

This is a therapeutic program that used meditation to improve mental health outcomes for female survivors of interpersonal violence with co-occurring disorders.

The program is rated Promising. Women in the treatment group who participated in the meditation curriculum had a statistically significant fewer number of mental health and trauma symptoms, and a higher level of reliable change in mental health and trauma symptoms, compared with women in the control group who received services as usual.

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Village public safety officers, Alaska paraprofessional first-responders serving tribal communities, have significantly ...
08/24/2020

Village public safety officers, Alaska paraprofessional first-responders serving tribal communities, have significantly affected law enforcement’s response to reported cases of sexual abuse of minors, according to NIJ-supported research.

The new research found that when Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) or other paraprofessional police responded to a case of sexual abuse of a minor, referral for prosecution was significantly more likely.

Read a new article to learn more: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/sexual-violence-against-alaska-women-village-public-safety-officers-having-some?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=articles

SafeCare© is Rated Promising by CrimeSolutionsThis is a home-visitation program that aims to prevent and address factors...
08/21/2020
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SafeCare© is Rated Promising by CrimeSolutions

This is a home-visitation program that aims to prevent and address factors associated with child abuse and neglect.

The program is rated Promising. Parents in the SafeCare group demonstrated statistically significant decreases in depression symptoms and risk of child protective services recidivism, compared with parents in the control group. However, there were no statistically significant differences in the risk of child physical abuse among a sample of American Indian parents.

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To better understand domestic radicalization and terrorism, NIJ’s focus for the future will be to develop stronger basel...
08/21/2020
Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Terrorism

To better understand domestic radicalization and terrorism, NIJ’s focus for the future will be to develop stronger baseline knowledge of radicalization processes, and on which programs and policies work best to prevent radicalization from occurring. We’re looking at future research in areas such as disengagement and deradicalization for people convicted of terrorism-related offenses.

Read a new NIJ Journal article to learn more: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/understanding-domestic-radicalization-and-terrorism?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=nijjournal

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Family Therapy Shows Mixed Results but Overall Is Rated No Effects By CrimeSolutionsThis program assessed the impact of ...
08/18/2020
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Family Therapy Shows Mixed Results but Overall Is Rated No Effects By CrimeSolutions

This program assessed the impact of a nonmanualized family-based treatment approach for adolescent behavior problems.

The program is rated No Effects. Results indicated that the treatment group experienced statistically significant reductions in adolescent-reported externalizing and internalizing behaviors. However, there were no statistically significant differences between groups in caregiver-reported externalizing and internalizing behaviors or in adolescent-reported alcohol or drug use.

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Office of Justice Programs
08/17/2020

Office of Justice Programs

Beginning on October 15, 2020, OJP will launch the new grants management and payment management systems. The Justice Grants System (JustGrants) will replace the current Grants Management System (GMS) and the Department of the Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) will replace the Grants Payment Request System (GPRS). JustGrants presents a unified grants management approach that will ease burdens on award recipients. Learn more about the benefits of JustGrants and how to prepare: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=justgrants

Understanding Domestic Radicalization and TerrorismSince 9/11, the number of terrorist attacks and the lethality of thes...
08/17/2020

Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Terrorism

Since 9/11, the number of terrorist attacks and the lethality of these attacks are increasing at alarming levels within the United States and abroad. Countering violent extremism depends on understanding the radicalization process that leads to terrorist acts, but radicalization within the United States is a complicated picture.

A new NIJ Journal article explains the objectives of NIJ’s Domestic Radicalization and Terrorism research portfolio, summarizes findings of recent studies, such as a set of risk factors for radicalization, and highlights forthcoming research into topics such as community reporting and behavioral insights from the families of radicalized individuals.

Read the article: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/understanding-domestic-radicalization-and-terrorism?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=nijjournal

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
08/14/2020

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Degraded and low copy number DNA can be difficult to analyze. On 8/20, our subject matter experts will be sharing the results of a study on various DNA extraction methods and how well they work on degraded samples. Register for this no-cost webinar to learn more!

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Alcohol Interventions for Adolescents are EffectiveBrief Alcohol Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults is a pra...
08/12/2020

Alcohol Interventions for Adolescents are Effective

Brief Alcohol Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults is a practice that seeks to reduce alcohol use or alcohol-related problems for adolescents and young adults via a short-term intervention (one to five sessions).

The practice is rated Effective by CrimeSolutions for reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problem outcomes for adolescents and young adults.

Learn more: https://crimesolutions.ojp.gov/practicedetails?ID=107&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=csreleases

Deficient data on the incidence of human trafficking offenses reflect pervasive issues with incident identification and ...
08/07/2020
Gaps in Reporting Human Trafficking Incidents Result in Significant Undercounting

Deficient data on the incidence of human trafficking offenses reflect pervasive issues with incident identification and reporting.

Looking at law enforcement’s human trafficking records alone, NIJ-funded researchers studied three sites and found that as little as 6% and at most 18% of potential human trafficking victims were captured in police records.

Read a new article about how we're working to bridge the data gaps:

Crime statistics on human trafficking are only as solid as the crime data informing them. Recent NIJ-supported research reveals that labor and sex trafficking data appearing in the FBI’s national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program may significantly understate the extent of human trafficking cri...

Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Rated No EffectsHOPE is a community supervision strategy that inclu...
08/06/2020
Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE)

Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Rated No Effects

HOPE is a community supervision strategy that includes close monitoring; random drug testing; and swift, certain, and fair responses to any violations of probation.

The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences between HOPE and probation as usual probationers in the number of arrests, revocations, and time to first arrest. However, HOPE probationers had a statistically significant greater number of new convictions, compared with probation as usual probationers.

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This is a community supervision strategy that includes close monitoring; random drug testing; and swift, certain, and fair responses to any violations of probation. The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences

Office of Justice Programs
08/05/2020

Office of Justice Programs

There are three main challenges to identifying human trafficking according to the National Institute of Justice: lack of law enforcement training; recognizing trafficking victimization and difficulties identifying offenses. View the infographic to learn more:https://www.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh241/files/media/document/htinfographicdatagaps.pdf

Crime statistics on human trafficking are only as solid as the crime data informing them. Recent NIJ-supported research ...
08/04/2020

Crime statistics on human trafficking are only as solid as the crime data informing them. Recent NIJ-supported research reveals that labor and sex trafficking data appearing in the FBI’s national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program may significantly understate the extent of human trafficking crimes in the United States.

Read the article: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/gaps-reporting-human-trafficking-incidents-result-significant-undercounting?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=articles

Diversion Program for Youth, Targeted RECLAIM, is Rated Promising for Reducing Future IncarcerationThis is a diversion p...
08/04/2020
Targeted RECLAIM (Ohio)

Diversion Program for Youth, Targeted RECLAIM, is Rated Promising for Reducing Future Incarceration

This is a diversion program intended to reduce juvenile recidivism by treating youth offenders in the community in place of incarceration. This program is rated as Promising. Youths in the treatment group were statistically significantly less likely to be incarcerated during the 1-year follow-up, compared with youths in the control group.

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This is a diversion program intended to reduce juvenile recidivism by treating youth offenders in the community in place of incarceration. This program is rated as Promising. Youths in the treatment group were statistically significantly less likely

Harlem Reentry Court Is Promising for Multiple OutcomesThis is a reentry program designed to assist parolees transition ...
07/31/2020
Harlem (NY) Parole Reentry Court

Harlem Reentry Court Is Promising for Multiple Outcomes

This is a reentry program designed to assist parolees transition from life in prison to life in the community.

The program is rated Promising. The treatment group had statistically significant reductions in rates of reconvictions and parole revocations, increases in numbers of months employed, and a greater likelihood of receiving a high school diploma or GED, compared with the control group. However, there were no statistically significant differences in rate of rearrests or substance use.

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This is a reentry program designed to assist parolees transition from life in prison to life in the community. The program is rated Promising. The treatment group had statistically significant reductions in rates of reconvictions and parole revocatio

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
07/31/2020

Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

During investigations involving digital evidence, law enforcement needs tools to acquire, evaluate, process, and present data. On 8/12, we’ll be discussing an open-source toolkit that can extract digital evidence from network traffic and reconstruct unencrypted files!

Register here: http://ow.ly/U8re50ALhkN

NIJ-funded research has revealed many important details about both labor and sex trafficking, which has helped guide pol...
07/30/2020

NIJ-funded research has revealed many important details about both labor and sex trafficking, which has helped guide policy and practice throughout the country.

For example, an NIJ-funded study not only provided the first scientifically rigorous estimates for the revenue generated in the underground commercial sex economy, but also included rich qualitative analysis of trafficking operations, law enforcement perceptions and response, and victimization.

For World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, read and share our article: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/fight-against-human-trafficking?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=worlddayagainstht2020

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