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October 15, 2011 •  Volume 17, Number 20 https://www.ncjrs.gov
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Announcements
 Advancing and Expediting Crime Scene DNA Analysis (NIJ)
 OVC Announces 2012 NCVRW Theme and Colors (OVC)
 OVC TTAC Spotlights Victim Services Consultant (OVC)
 Postconviction Funds Help Exonerate Two Men (NIJ)
 Subscribe To Receive NIC's E-Newsletter (NIC)
 View List of Awarded OJP Grants (OJP)
Funding Opportunities
 Apply for 2012 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding (OVC)
Publications
 Appeals in Civil Courts Reported (BJS)
 Bulletin Details Children's Exposure to Family Violence (OJJDP)
 Bulletin Examines Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime (OJJDP)
 Bulletin Focuses on Polyvictimized Children (OJJDP)
 Document Provides Information About Drug Courts (BJA, NIJ, and OJJDP)
 Fact Sheet Describes Center for Youth in Custody (OJJDP)
 Fact Sheet Discusses Children's Exposure to Violence (OJJDP)
 Guide Addresses Emergency Planning for Juvenile Facilities (OJJDP)
 Inaugural Issue of Juvenile Justice Journal Available (OJJDP)
 Juvenile Court Statistics Report Released (OJJDP)
 Latest Issue of The AMBER Advocate Available (OJP)
 New Issue of Research Report Digest Released (NIJ)
 NIJ Deputy Director Interviewed in Newsletter (NIJ)
 Public Contacts With Police Detailed (BJS)
 Report Makes Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration (OJJDP)
 Victim and Witness Assistance Guidelines Now Available (OVC)
Online Resources
 Download BJA Podcasts Through iTunes (BJA)
 Download Videos Through YouTube (NIJ)
 Learn About Performance Based Measurement System (NIC)
 OJP Announces New Justice Blog (OJP)
 Understanding Firearms Laws, Assisting Domestic Violence Victims (OVC)
 Watch Videos From NIJ Annual Conference (NIJ)
Conferences and Trainings
 Attend Mass Violence/Emergency National Training Conference (OVC)
 Crime Mapping Conference Registration Open (NIJ)
 Free Seminar Discusses Strategies for Former Prisoners (NIJ)
 Global Youth Justice To Host Training Institute (OJJDP)
 NIC Offers E-Courses for Corrections Professionals (NIC)
 Register for 2011 Instructor-Led Trainings (OVC)
 Register for 2011 School Safety Conference (NIJ)
 Register for Crime Victims With Disabilities Conference (OVC)
 Register for IACP Conference (BJA)

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Announcements
 
Advancing and Expediting Crime Scene DNA Analysis

A new research project funded by NIJ will develop and test technology that could significantly cut DNA analysis time. Advanced Liquid Logic, Yale University, and the Baltimore Police Department are collaborating on this project to test and develop advanced digital microfluid technology to expand the science of evidence screening. (NIJ)

 
OVC Announces 2012 NCVRW Theme and Colors

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 22-28, 2012. "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim" is the theme. For more information about the 2012 NCVRW, download the PDF with the artwork and the blue and black color palette. Sign up for the NCVRW mailing list to receive announcements and updates regarding the 2012 NCVRW. (OVC)

 
OVC TTAC Spotlights Victim Services Consultant

Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is Co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project, an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. Visit the OVC TTAC Web site for the full bio. (OVC)

 
Postconviction Funds Help Exonerate Two Men

In North Carolina, two men who spent 10 years in prison for a murder they did not commit were exonerated. The cases were investigated under NIJ's Postconviction Testing Assistance grant. Read about the case in "USA Today." (NIJ)

 
Subscribe To Receive NIC's E-Newsletter
NIC's monthly e-newsletter will include articles about new publications, upcoming conferences, technology in corrections, corrections news and updates, and more. Click "Subscribe to Newsletters & Alerts" in the NIC Action Center to register. (NIC)
 
View List of Awarded OJP Grants

OJP's Fiscal Year 2011 Grant Awards are now available. The list of awards is alphabetized by state, legal name of awardee, and solicitation title. (OJP)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Apply for 2012 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding

Application deadline: October 25, 2011
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 22-28, 2012. For more information and an application, visit the NCVRW Community Awareness Projects Web site. (OVC)

 
Publications
 
Appeals in Civil Courts Reported

"Appeals of Civil Trials Concluded in 2005" (NCJ 235187, 8 pp.) presents information on civil trials concluded in state trial courts in 2005 with judgments or verdicts later appealed to an intermediate appellate court or court of last resort. The findings provide national-level estimates of the effect of appellate court litigation on outcomes of civil trials. (BJS)

 
Bulletin Details Children's Exposure to Family Violence

"Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence" (NCJ 232272, 12 pp.) explores the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence survey results regarding children exposed to family violence in the United States, including intimate partner violence, assaults by parents on siblings of children surveyed, and other assaults involving teen and adult household members. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Bulletin Examines Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime

"Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime: Findings From Seattle" (NCJ 231575, 16 pp.) provides the first portrait of the distribution of officially recorded juvenile crime events in smaller geographical areas - such as a favorite gathering place in a mall, restaurant, or shop - rather than certain police precincts or beats, the larger areas that police usually patrol. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Bulletin Focuses on Polyvictimized Children

"Polyvictimization: Children's Exposure to Multiple Types of Violence, Crime, and Abuse" (NCJ 235504, 12 pp.) focuses on children who have experienced multiple victimizations of different types, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and exposure to family violence. Overrepresentation exists among certain demographic groups, including boys; African American children; and children in single-parent, stepparent, and other adult caregiver families. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Document Provides Information About Drug Courts

"Drug Courts" (NCJ 236074, 2 pp.) provides a general overview of drug courts along with information about program development, research, and dissemination. This document includes a list of facts regarding research findings and the number and types of drug courts; additional resources are also included. (BJA, NIJ, and OJJDP)

 
Fact Sheet Describes Center for Youth in Custody

"National Center for Youth in Custody" (NCJ 235770, 2 pp.) provides an overview of the mission, objectives, and services of the recently launched National Center for Youth in Custody. The center will provide training curriculums, Webinars, and professional development services and will serve as a resource for juvenile justice practitioners, youth in custody, and families. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Fact Sheet Discusses Children's Exposure to Violence

"Questions and Answers About the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence" (NCJ 235163, 4 pp.) offers an overview of the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence to date. NatSCEV is sponsored by OJJDP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Guide Addresses Emergency Planning for Juvenile Facilities

"Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities" (NCJ 234936, 50 pp.) discusses how facilities can ensure that youth receive the support and services they require as they experience the disruptions that emergencies inevitably cause. This document is the first comprehensive planning guide to address the specific needs of children, youth, and families involved in the justice system during an emergency. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Inaugural Issue of Juvenile Justice Journal Available

OJJDP released the new online "Journal of Juvenile Justice" at its 2011 National Conference. The journal is an accessible, practical tool for a diverse researcher and practitioner audience. The semiannual, peer-reviewed journal will address a variety of issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment. (OJJDP)

 
Juvenile Court Statistics Report Released

The National Center for Juvenile Justice has published "Juvenile Court Statistics 2008," which was developed with funding from OJJDP. The report profiles more than 1.6 million delinquency cases that U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled in 2008. It also describes trends in delinquency cases that juvenile courts processed between 1985 and 2008. (OJJDP)

 
Latest Issue of The AMBER Advocate Available

This issue of "The AMBER Advocate" (NCJ 236054) includes articles about the launch of AMBER Alerts on Facebook; Mexico's new AMBER Alert initiative; lessons learned from the hacking of Iowa's AMBER Alert system; and how tribal, local, and federal officers worked together to find an abducted child in New Mexico. (OJP)

 
New Issue of Research Report Digest Released

NIJ has released "Research Report Digest, Issue 3," an online resource that presents brief descriptions of studies in various criminal justice disciplines, such as criminology and forensic sciences, and evaluations of technologies in the law enforcement and corrections fields. (NIJ)

 
NIJ Deputy Director Interviewed in Newsletter

Kris Rose, NIJ Deputy Director, was interviewed in "Community Policing Dispatch." The interview focused on NIJ's DNA and forensic science research portfolio, the NamUs.gov system, and a project that awarded competitive research grants to examine the issue of untested evidence in sexual assaults. (NIJ)

 
Public Contacts With Police Detailed

"Contacts between Police and the Public, 2008" (NCJ 234599, 28 pp.) offers detailed information on face-to-face contacts with the police, including the reason for and outcome of the contact, resident opinion on police behavior during the contact, and whether police used or threatened use of force during the contact. (BJS)

 
Report Makes Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration

On October 4, 2011, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration." The report shows that many states that have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. (OJJDP)

 
Victim and Witness Assistance Guidelines Now Available

The "Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance" establish policy and provide guidance to be followed by U.S. Department of Justice personnel in their interactions with crime victims and witnesses. The revised guidelines have been updated to reflect best practices and integrate new case law. (OVC)

 
Online Resources
 
Download BJA Podcasts Through iTunes

The BJA Justice Podcast Series is available through iTunes. Click here for instructions on how to download BJA's podcasts to your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device. (BJA)

 
Download Videos Through YouTube

NIJ videos are available on the Department of Justice's YouTube channel. This resource contains a message from the NIJ Director and more videos on the NIJ Playlist. (NIJ)

 
Learn About Performance Based Measurement System

"Performance Based Measurement System: What Really Counts in Corrections!" provides information about the nationwide automated Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS). Through this previously recorded video, viewers will learn about the key components of PBMS, available resources that support PBMS implementation, and more. (NIC)

 
OJP Announces New Justice Blog

The Office of Justice Programs' Justice Blog features information about Department of Justice initiatives, announcements, and accomplishments; OJP's programs and services are also discussed. (OJP)

 
Understanding Firearms Laws, Assisting Domestic Violence Victims

On October 26, 2011, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on understanding firearms laws to assist domestic violence victims. Join Rob Valente, J.D., General Counsel, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and James P. Vann, Division Counsel, Washington Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for the discussion. (OVC)

 
Watch Videos From NIJ Annual Conference

NIJ has added "10th Anniversary of 9/11: Advances in Social Sciences" to its list of video interviews available from the 2011 NIJ Conference. View this interview and more at NIJ's Multimedia Web page. (NIJ)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Attend Mass Violence/Emergency National Training Conference

On January 31 to February 2, 2012, OVC will sponsor the Mass Violence and Emergency National Training Conference - Improving Readiness to Assist Victims in Jacksonville, Florida. The conference brings together victim service providers and allied professionals to share experiences and knowledge about responding to victims, survivors, and communities. Team scholarships are available. (OVC)

 
Crime Mapping Conference Registration Open

The Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference has been rescheduled and will be held October 19-21, 2011, in Miami, Florida. This year's conference will focus on solving problems with geography and technology. Workshops and plenary sessions will discuss foreclosures, geographic profiling, geographic information systems and policing, and geocoding crime data. (NIJ)

 
Free Seminar Discusses Strategies for Former Prisoners

On October 24, 2011, NIJ will host "Going Home (or Not): How Residential Change Might Help Former Offenders Stay Out of Prison." In this free presentation, Dr. David Kirk, University of Texas at Austin, will discuss strategies for fostering residential change among ex-prisoners. For more information or to RSVP, contact Yolanda Curtis at 202-305-2554 or Yolanda.Curtis@usdoj.gov. (NIJ)

 
Global Youth Justice To Host Training Institute

On December 6-8, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Global Youth Justice will host its second International Training Institute, "Establish or Enhance a Local Teen Court/Youth Court Diversion Program." Topics will include training adult and youth volunteers, mock family intake meetings, offering quality community service programs, implementing operational and administrative procedures, and more. (OJJDP)

 
NIC Offers E-Courses for Corrections Professionals

The National Institute of Corrections is offering more than 200 self-paced e-courses in various subject areas related to the corrections field. These courses are available at no charge to eligible corrections professionals. Visit NIC's Learning Center for more information and to view the catalog of courses. (NIC)

 
Register for 2011 Instructor-Led Trainings

Register for upcoming instructor-led trainings, Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims, November 15-16, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities, December 6-8, 2011, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Visit the OVC TTAC Web site to view the full schedule and descriptions of upcoming trainings. (OVC)

 
Register for 2011 School Safety Conference

On November 3-4, 2011, the School Safety Advocacy Council, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, and the Maryland Association of School Resource Officers will host the 2011 Mid-Atlantic School Safety Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Topics will include federal initiatives and funding, school violence threat responses, bullying, communicating with teens, and social networking among youth. (NIJ)

 
Register for Crime Victims With Disabilities Conference

Registration is now open for the Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities National Training Conference, to be held December 13-15, 2011, in Orlando, Florida. This unique training opportunity will enhance your skills and competencies to effectively serve people with disabilities who are victims of crime, abuse, and neglect. Registration is available online. (OVC)

 
Register for IACP Conference

Registration is now open for the 118th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference, to be held October 22-26, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. This event brings together police leaders from around the world to exchange information, share about their experiences, and find solutions to issues they are facing. (BJA)

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