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July 01, 2012 •  Volume 18, Number 13
 Court Bans Life Without Parole for Juveniles (OJJDP)
 Submit Nominations for Crime Victims' Service Awards (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 2013 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding Available (OVC)
 Cooperative Agreement Provides Training in Curriculum Development (NIC)
 Funding Available for Defending Childhood Resource Center (OJJDP)
 Achieving Performance Excellence in Corrections (NIC)
 BJS Releases Document on Law Enforcement Officers (BJS)
 Correctional Facility Goes "Green" (NIC)
 Corrections Policy and Procedure Manuals Available (NIC)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 FTC Releases Resource on Child Identity Theft (OJJDP)
 Newsletter Focuses on Underserved Victims of Crime (OVC)
 NIJ Journal Discusses Sexual Assault Kit Testing (NIJ)
 Novels Address Youth Victimization in Custody (NIC)
 OJJDP Issues New Core Performance Standards (OJJDP)
 OVC Releases HELP Series for Crime Victims (OVC)
 Report Summarizes BJS PREA Data Collection Activities (BJS)
 Study Discusses Post-Conviction DNA Testing/Wrongful Conviction (NIJ)
 Visit OJP's Conference Policy Web Page (OJP)
Online Resources
 BJS Releases New Online Data Tool (BJS)
 Webinars Focus on Prison Rape Elimination Act (NIC)
Conferences and Trainings
 August 2012 NVAA Rescheduled to 2013 (OVC)
 Certificate Program for Juvenile Reform Announced (OJJDP)
 OVC Offers Training by Request (OVC)
 Participate in NIC Learning Opportunities (NIC)
 Recreational Asphyxia Training Session Available (NIJ)

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JUSTINFO, published the 1st and 15th of each month, highlights information from the NCJRS sponsoring agencies.
Court Bans Life Without Parole for Juveniles
On Monday, June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws that mandatorily sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole are unconstitutional. Life without parole for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, the high court ruled in a 5-4 decision. The ruling could affect nearly 2,500 juvenile prisoners. (OJJDP)
Submit Nominations for Crime Victims' Service Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 National Crime Victims' Service Awards. Help ensure that outstanding service providers and programs are given the recognition they deserve by submitting your nomination now. Updated award categories are: Volunteer for Victims Award and Federal Service Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (OVC)

Funding Opportunities
2013 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding Available

Application deadline: July 18, 2012
The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 21-27, 2013. For more information and an application, visit the NCVRW Community Awareness Projects Web site. (OVC)

Cooperative Agreement Provides Training in Curriculum Development

Application deadline: July 20, 2012
NIC seeks proposals for Training Curriculum Development for Probation and Parole Supervision Executives. This is a 12-month cooperative agreement to develop and pilot a training curriculum that prepares executives of probation and parole supervision agencies in their new position. Among other requirements, the curriculum should be based on NIC's Instructional Theory Into Practice model. (NIC)

Funding Available for Defending Childhood Resource Center

Application deadline: July 30, 2012
OJJDP is seeking applications for the Defending Childhood Resource Center: Improving the Nation's Response to Children Exposed to Violence solicitation. This project will establish a resource center that will provide education, training, and technical assistance for state, local, tribal, and private organizations that serve children who are exposed or at risk for exposure to violence. (OJJDP)

Achieving Performance Excellence in Corrections
"Achieving Performance Excellence: The Influence of Leadership on Organizational Performance" (ACCN 025338), from the APEX Guidebook series, discusses leadership practices, competencies, tools, behaviors, traits, styles, and approaches. This book focuses on what individual leaders need to know and do as they develop their best leadership capabilities. Case studies from correctional agencies illustrate the concepts and provide realistic examples. (NIC)
BJS Releases Document on Law Enforcement Officers

"Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2008" (NCJ 238250, 18 pp.) describes federal law enforcement agencies by number of sworn officers, type of agency, primary state of employment, and law enforcement function. (BJS)

Correctional Facility Goes "Green"

"Leading by Example: Blue Earth County Goes "Green" in Its New Justice Center and Jail" highlights the successful process Blue Earth County employed to plan, finance, and build a new jail and justice center. The facility is environmentally friendly, safe, operationally efficient, and secure; it provides a future-oriented solution to the county's need for jail space, court security, and public accessibility. (NIC)

Corrections Policy and Procedure Manuals Available

The NIC Information Center's Knowledgebase/Solutions section is providing online access to "State Departments of Corrections Web-Based Policy and Procedure Manuals." The Web site also allows users to submit a request and check on existing requests. (NIC)

Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The June issue of "Justice Today" discusses the recently held National Association of Drug Court Professionals' conference. It also includes articles about the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media, the upcoming Residential Substance Abuse Treatment conference, and the implementation of "NIATx," an evidence-based treatment process improvement model. (BJA)

FTC Releases Resource on Child Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released "Safeguarding Your Child's Future." This resource guide offers steps to help parents avoid, recognize, and repair the damage caused by child identity theft. (OJJDP)

Newsletter Focuses on Underserved Victims of Crime

OVC has released the latest issue of "OVC News & Program Updates," a valuable tool for sharing information about OVC's initiatives, events, and other items of special interest. This edition highlights improved responses for male crime victims, Americans living overseas who experience domestic violence, sexual assault in the military, and more. (OVC)

NIJ Journal Discusses Sexual Assault Kit Testing

The lead article in "NIJ Journal Issue No. 270" (NCJ 238482, 60 pp.) examines DNA testing in sexual assault kits. Additional articles discuss state laws on collecting DNA from arrestees, using science to reduce mistaken eyewitness identifications in police lineups, and available studies on officer wellness. (NIJ) order print copy

Novels Address Youth Victimization in Custody
"END SILENCE: Youth Speaking Up about Sexual Abuse in Custody" is a series of graphic novels for youth in custodial settings. These novels are a first step in reaching out to youth in juvenile justice settings to help them identify, address, and respond to incidents of sexual abuse by staff or other youth. (NIC)
OJJDP Issues New Core Performance Standards

OJJDP has released its newly revised Core Performance Standards for Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation. The previous standards were combined into one document, which features a new section on standards for Webinars and online training. The revised standards are available on the OJJDP National Training and Technical Assistance Center Web site. (OJJDP)

OVC Releases HELP Series for Crime Victims
OVC is pleased to announce the release of the HELP Brochure Series. These brochures provide a resource for victims of crime and victim service providers. Each brochure defines a specific type of victimization, discusses what to do if you are a victim of this crime, and provides national resources for more information and assistance. (OVC)
Report Summarizes BJS PREA Data Collection Activities

BJS has released "PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012" (NCJ 238640, 4 pp.). The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of BJS for the preceding calendar year. This document fulfills this requirement. (BJS)

Study Discusses Post-Conviction DNA Testing/Wrongful Conviction

"Post-Conviction DNA Testing and Wrongful Conviction" (NCJ 238816, 70 pp.) is based on retrospective DNA testing of physical evidence that had been retained in homicide and sexual assault convictions that occurred during a 15-year pre-DNA time period in Virginia. The goal of the study was to determine if modern DNA testing of probative evidence would confirm the original conviction. (NIJ)

Visit OJP's Conference Policy Web Page
OJP's updated Web page, "Policy and Guidance for Conference Approval, Planning, and Reporting," provides a comprehensive, single source of information on conference-related policies and procedures, including the conference planning and advance approval process, cost reporting requirements, and reporting forms and tools. This page incorporates newly released conference cost policies and procedures from the Department of Justice. (OJP)
Online Resources
BJS Releases New Online Data Tool
The Federal Criminal Case Processing Statistics (FCCPS) Tool is an interface that can be used to analyze federal case processing data. Users can generate various statistics in the areas of federal law enforcement, prosecution/courts and incarcerations, and based on title and section of the U.S. Criminal Code. Data are available for the years 1998-2010. (BJS)
Webinars Focus on Prison Rape Elimination Act

The PREA 101 Webinar Series presents standards readiness and blueprints for moving forward in the various correctional settings, including adult prisons, jails and lock-ups, community corrections, and juvenile agencies. The goals of the series are to assist agencies in triaging their response to the standards, share information and resources, and answer questions. (NIC)

Conferences and Trainings
August 2012 NVAA Rescheduled to 2013

Due to mandatory Department of Justice conference guidelines and policies, the August 2012 National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) has been rescheduled to 2013. Please continue to check the OVC TTAC Web site for further updates. If you have questions or need assistance, contact OVC TTAC at 1-866-682-8822 or via e-mail at (OVC)

Certificate Program for Juvenile Reform Announced
On November 7-14, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute will present Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders. This program will highlight multi-system reform efforts related to crossover youth and how to improve the ability of private organizations to serve these youth. (OJJDP)
OVC Offers Training by Request

Gather a group of allied professionals serving crime victims in your area, arrange a meeting space, and select a training of your choice from a wide array of topics. The trainers and materials come directly to you at no cost. Learn more about Training by Request. (OVC)

Participate in NIC Learning Opportunities

NIC currently offers learning opportunities that include traditional in-person classroom training, E-courses you can access online at any time, and real-time virtual instructor led training. The full list of courses is available on NIC's Training Web page. (NIC)

Recreational Asphyxia Training Session Available

NIJ is offering free online sessions for Recreational Asphyxia: Mechanical. This presentation addresses the topic of accidental deaths caused by mechanical asphyxia in children and adolescents. The course content includes several strategies for discerning these deaths from suicides, as well as investigative techniques that may help determine the manner of death. (NIJ)

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