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This issue of the NIJ Journal features articles on reentry programs for women inmates; the use of voice response translators among police departments; the characteristics of telemarketing predators; truth in sentencing and State sentencing practices; and special technologies for law enforcement and corrections. Additional articles look at modern-day slavery, prosecutors' programs for easing victims' anxieties, and the decline of intimate partner homicide.
National Institute of Justice Journal 252, 40 pages
National Sex Offender Public Registry
On July 20, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the activation of its National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) Web site
(www.nsopr.gov), a cooperative effort between the State agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the Federal Government. Using Web services and DOJ's Global Justice eXtensible Markup Language (XML), a link is established between already built and maintained public State and territory sex offender registries. The link allows data from different hardware and software systems to be recognized through the national search site. NSOPR provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search, allowing parents and concerned citizens to search existing public State and territory sex offender registries beyond their own communities.
President's DNA Initiative issues model State legislation on missing persons
The safe return of missing persons is an important priority for law enforcement. But few law enforcement agencies in the United States have uniform procedures for taking a missing persons report or obtaining critical information for the identification of human remains. At the same time, many coroners and medical examiners have not been able to obtain the benefits of a national database that can help identify missing persons.
Under the President's DNA Initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice has developed model State legislation that suggests how States can improve the way information about missing persons and human remains is collected, analyzed, and shared. The model legislation is the product of collaboration with Federal, State, and local law enforcement, experts, victim advocates, forensic scientists, and key policymakers. States are encouraged to use and adapt the model State legislation to meet their needs. The legislation, support materials, case studies, field assessments, and other additional resources can be found on www.DNA.gov.
Identifying the Missing: Model State Legislation, 18 pages
How well are Weed and Seed communities serving the needs of those with limited English?
This report from the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) summarizes the findings from a survey that determined the extent to which people with limited English proficiency (LEP) are being served in Weed and Seed communities; the report also provides tips on how to develop LEP programs.
Supporting Limited English Communities, 22 pages
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), together with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has created a Web site dedicated to providing the latest information available on methamphetamine. MethResources.gov, launched in August 2005, provides access to the most current information in the areas of prevention, treatment, funding, legislation, and enforcement. MethResources.gov offers valuable assistance to law enforcement, retailers, government policymakers, health care providers, prevention specialists, community coalitions, and more.
National Institute of Corrections' manual quantifies executive leadership
This manual identifies the characteristics that result in the best performance of executives and senior-level leaders. It discusses the key skills, knowledge, and attributes of successful leaders and links these to specific behaviors. Topics further explored include self-awareness; ethics and values; vision and sense of mission; strategic thinking; managing the external environment; strategic planning and performance measurement; collaborations; and team building.
Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executives and Senior-Level Leaders, 257 pages
Prison emergency preparedness guide now available
This NIC guide provides information about prison emergency preparedness. The guide includes sections on conducting an audit; self-audit checklists (emergency preparedness, natural disaster/HAZMAT/fire, and counterterrorism); results of the national survey of emergency readiness in prisons; case studies; and other topics.
A Guide to Preparing for and Responding to Prison Emergencies, 318 pages
Updated guide to implementing Weed and Seed sites
This CCDO manual provides a complete look at the Weed and Seed strategy by detailing each element thoroughly. After a general overview of the strategy's goals and objectives, fundamental principles, and four components, the manual discusses organizing the steering committee; selecting sites for Weed and Seed development; assessing resources and needs; planning and managing Weed and Seed; prevention, intervention, and treatment; and neighborhood restoration, among other topics.
Weed and Seed Implementation Manual, 128 pages
Working toward sustainability in Weed and Seed sites
This CCDO guide explains the Weed and Seed strategy, the significance of the Weed and Seed designation, the composition and responsibilities of the steering committee, and what a sustainability plan is. It also provides a detailed discussion of the three dimensions of sustainability: structural effort, community impact, and resource development.
Developing a Sustainability Plan for Weed and Seed sites, 40 pages
Now available: Three new videoconferences from OJJDP
Strategies, Programs, and Resources To Prevent Truancy
This videoconference provided an overview of the issues addressed in the December 2004 conference ?Partnering To Prevent Truancy: A National Priority,? cosponsored by OJJDP and the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools of the U.S. Department of Education, which featured evidence-based approaches to truancy and related issues. February 2005. Teleconference Videotapes, DVD (NCJ
208806) or Videotape (NCJ 208807).
To order the ?Truancy? DVD or videotape, go to:
Graduated Sanctions: Effective Intervention Strategies for Addressing Delinquency Videoconference
Broadcast live from the 2005 National Conference on Juvenile Justice in Orlando, FL, this videoconference highlighted the efforts of OJJDP and the Juvenile Sanctions Center to support and implement effective graduated sanctions strategies. The broadcast was designed for demonstration sites of the Juvenile Sanctions Center, State juvenile justice specialists, State advisory group chairs, judges, State and local legislators, law enforcement personnel, probation and parole officers, corrections personnel, treatment providers, educators, and other juvenile justice service providers. March
2005. Teleconference Videotapes, DVD (NCJ
209017) or Videotape (NCJ 209016).
To order the ?Graduated Sanctions? DVD or videotape, go to:
Working Together To Stop the Prostitution of Children
This videoconference examined the challenges that face policymakers, juvenile justice officials, and other youth service professionals who are concerned with the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth. The videoconference emphasized the importance of collaboration among public- and private-sector agencies, community-based organizations, and victims of such exploitation; explored effective prosecution strategies to hold perpetrators accountable; presented strategies for protecting and supporting victims; highlighted the importance of personal safety awareness, education, and broad prevention efforts; and featured community efforts designed to break the cycle of violence and victimization. December 2003. Teleconference Videotapes, Videotape (NCJ 203280).
To order the ?Prostitution? videotape, go to:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/shoppingcart/ShopCart.aspx?item=NCJ%20203280&repro=0 (VCR only)
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