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  NCJ Number: NCJ 231178     Find in a Library
  Title: Strengthening the National Institute of Justice
  Document URL: PDF 
  Editor(s): Charles F. Wellford ; Betty M. Chemers ; Julie A. Schuck
  Corporate Author: National Research Council
United States of America
  Date Published: 2010
  Page Count: 320
  Annotation: This book assesses the operations and program quality of the National Institute of Justice including social science research, science and technology research and development, capacity building, and technology assistance.
  Abstract: The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the nation's primary resource for advancing scientific research, development, and evaluation on crime and crime control and the administration of justice in the United States. Headed by a presidentially appointed director, it is one of the major units in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) of the U.S. Department of Justice. Under its authorizing legislation, NIJ awards grants and contracts to a variety of public and private organizations and individuals. The book concludes that a federal research institute such as NIJ is vital to the nation's continuing efforts to control crime and administer justice. No other federal, state, local, or private organization can do what NIJ was created to do. Forty years ago, Congress envisioned a science agency dedicated to building knowledge to support crime prevention and control by developing a wide range of techniques for dealing with individual offenders, identifying injustices and biases in the administration of justice, and supporting more basic and operational research on crime and the criminal justice system and the involvement of the community in crime control efforts. As the embodiment of that vision, NIJ has accomplished a great deal. It has succeeded in developing a body of knowledge on such important topics as hot spots policing, violence against women, the role of firearms and drugs in crime, drug courts, and forensic DNA analysis. It has helped build the crime and justice research infrastructure. It has also widely disseminated the results of its research programs to help guide practice and policy. But its efforts have been severely hampered by a lack of independence, authority, and discretionary resources to carry out its mission.
  Main Term(s): Criminal justice program evaluation
  Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2007-IJ-CX-0001
  Publication Number: ISBN: 0-309-15636-X
  Sale Source: National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Keck 360
Washington, DC 20001
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Description ; Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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