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NCJ Number: 97555 Find in a Library
Title: Research in Action
Corporate Author: Capitol Video Communications
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Capitol Video Communications
Washington, DC 20007
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video cassette portrays the general purpose of research sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and outlines specific areas of research which NIJ is currently emphasizing.
Abstract: NIJ sponsors research relevant to criminal justice policy and the goals of local criminal justice agencies. One research focus has been the extent and causes of prison overcrowding, along with the feasibility of various sanctions that can be used as alternatives to imprisonment. NIJ research has also examined the psychological and financial impacts of crime on its victims, as well as the nature and effectiveness of various programs designed to relieve such needs. The criminal justice system's handling of habitual offenders is another research focus. An aspect of this research has addressed the effect of drug abuse on habitual criminal behavior. Domestic violence has been targeted by NIJ research, with particular attention to how the police might best respond to such incidents. Fear of crime, as well as crime prevention, has been an NIJ concern. This research has identified ways in which citizens' fear of victimization can be reduced to improve the quality of their lives.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Career criminal programs; Community crime prevention programs; Domestic assault; Drug Related Crime; Fear of crime; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Police policies and procedures; Prison overcrowding; Research uses in policymaking; Victim services
Note: video cassette, 8 minutes in length, color.
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