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January 1, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 1 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 Find NIJ on YouTube (NIJ)
 Helping Newtown Heal (OVC)
 International Services Available From NCJRS (NCJRS)
 OVC Announces 2013 NCVRW Theme and Colors (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 Apply for Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant (BJA)
 Funding Addresses Sexual Abuse in Detention Facilities (OJJDP)
 New NIJ Solicitations Coming Soon (NIJ)
Publications
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Effects of Solitary Confinement on Youth Detailed (OJJDP)
 Newsletter Discusses AMBER Alert Scams (OJP)
 Prison Population Declined in 26 States During 2011 (BJS)
 Report Details Mental Illness in Corrections (BJA)
 Report Discusses Prosecutorial Discretion Process (NIJ)
 Report Provides Evaluation of Police Vehicles (NIJ)
 Serious Violent Crime Against Youth Dropped 77 Percent (BJS)
 Study Describes Crime Against Persons With Disabilities (BJS)
 Survey on Body Armor Released (NIJ)
 Task Force Addresses Children Exposed to Violence (OJP)
Online Resources
 Attend Webinar on Medicolegal Death Investigation (NIJ)
 New Directory of Human Trafficking TTA Available (OVC and BJA)
 November/December News @ a Glance Released (OJJDP)
 OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series Available (OVC)
 Participate in Indigent Defense Resources Webinar (BJA)
 View Faith/Community-Based Victim Services Webinar (OVC)
 View Online Calendar of Events (BJA)
 Webinar Discusses Mental Health Court Development (BJA)
Conferences and Trainings
 ABA Seeks Conference Workshop Proposals (OJJDP)
 Courses Available for Criminal Justice Professionals (NIJ)
 NCJFCJ To Host Family Law Conference (OJJDP)
 Register for At-Risk Children and Youth Conference (OJJDP)
 Training Provides Information on "Fast GC" Technologies (NIJ)
 Updated SAACT Materials Available for Download (OVC)

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Announcements
 
Find NIJ on YouTube

Subscribe to NIJ’s YouTube channel and be the first to hear about upcoming events, new research findings, future funding opportunities, and informative videos featuring the best and the brightest in the field. (NIJ)

 
Helping Newtown Heal

OVC would like to express its deepest sympathies to the victims of the Newtown shootings. OVC and OVC-funded resources (including information about victim compensation, victim assistance, and crisis intervention) are available for victims and their families, and the victim service providers who are assisting them, through various programs and materials. (OVC)

 
International Services Available From NCJRS

NCJRS is offering the International Document Exchange (IDE) program, which is designed to meet the needs of non-U.S. organizations. Composed of members from 61 countries, the program also serves as a worldwide network for information exchange in the criminal and juvenile justice, substance abuse, and victim services fields. More information is available on the NCJRS International Document Exchange Web page. (NCJRS)

 
OVC Announces 2013 NCVRW Theme and Colors

"New Challenges. New Solutions." is the theme for next year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed April 21-27, 2013. Download the color palette to view the poster artwork and theme colors (midnight blue and orange). (OVC)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Apply for Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant

Application deadline: February 21, 2013
BJA is seeking applicants for its Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for nonviolent substance-abusing offenders. (BJA)

 
Funding Addresses Sexual Abuse in Detention Facilities

Application deadline: January 15, 2013
The PREA Resource Center has announced grant opportunities for locally and tribally operated adult and juvenile detention facilities to establish zero tolerance cultures for sexual abuse. The funding will provide resources to meet PREA standards. Agencies of all sizes are eligible to apply. (OJJDP)

 
New NIJ Solicitations Coming Soon

During the coming days and weeks, NIJ will begin releasing solicitations for fiscal year 2013. To find out more about these upcoming solicitations and to subscribe so you can be notified when new solicitations are released, visit NIJ’s Forthcoming Funding Opportunities Web page. (NIJ)

 
Publications
 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The December issue of "Justice Today" features an article about the Crime Analysis Focus Group, which was recently held in Washington, DC. Other articles discuss the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program and a grant opportunity to establish zero tolerance cultures for sexual abuse in locally and tribally operated adult and juvenile detention facilities. (BJA)

 
Effects of Solitary Confinement on Youth Detailed

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have released “Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States.” The report, which details the physical, psychological, and developmental harm that solitary confinement causes youth incarcerated in adult jails and prisons, is drawn from interviews and correspondence with youth and detention officials. (OJJDP)

 
Newsletter Discusses AMBER Alert Scams

The latest issue of "The AMBER Advocate" (NCJ 240724) features an article about AMBER Alert scams. Other articles discuss the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, an AMBER Alert iPhone application available in the Netherlands, and how citizens who responded to AMBER Alerts were able to assist in rescuing abducted children. (OJP)

 
Prison Population Declined in 26 States During 2011

BJS has released "Prisoners in 2011" (NCJ 239808, 34 pp.). This report presents data on prisoners under the jurisdiction of federal and state correctional authorities on December 31, 2011, collected from the National Prisoner Statistics series. (BJS)

 
Report Details Mental Illness in Corrections

"Women’s pathways to jail: The roles & intersections of serious mental illness & trauma" (NCJ 240558, 91 pp.) is a multisite study that addressed critical gaps in the literature by assessing the prevalence of serious mental illness (SMI), posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders in women in jail and pathways to offending for women with and without SMI. (BJA)

 
Report Discusses Prosecutorial Discretion Process

NIJ funded researchers at the Vera Institute of Justice to study the scope of prosecutorial discretion. They found that objective strength of evidence was the determining factor in most screening decisions. Read the full report "The Anatomy of Discretion: An Analysis of Prosecutorial Decision Making - Technical Report" (NCJ 240334) or the executive summary (NCJ 240335), or download the podcasts. (NIJ)

 
Report Provides Evaluation of Police Vehicles

"Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2013" (NCJ 240694, 117 pp.), an NIJ-funded report, provides an evaluation of vehicles that will assist police departments in determining which vehicle is right for their agency. (NIJ)

 
Serious Violent Crime Against Youth Dropped 77 Percent

"Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010" (NCJ 240106, 22 pp.) presents patterns and trends in violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17. This study finds serious violent crime against youth dropped 77 percent from 1994 to 2010. (BJS)

 
Study Describes Crime Against Persons With Disabilities

BJS has released "Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2011 - Statistical Tables" (NCJ 240299, 22 pp.). This study presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons with disabilities age 12 or older from 2009 to 2011. (BJS)

 
Survey on Body Armor Released

"Body Armor Use, Care, and Performance in Real World Conditions: Findings from a National Survey" (NCJ 240222, 280 pp.) found that 90 percent of agencies require officers to wear body armor, that officers reported wearing their armor for its protection (not because it was required), and that many officers did not know to store their armor flat. A summary of the report is also available. (NIJ)

 
Task Force Addresses Children Exposed to Violence

The Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence has released its final recommendations for a national response to address children's exposure to violence. The report emphasizes prevention and intervention and underscores the importance of trauma-informed care and victim-tailored services. (OJP)

 
Online Resources
 
Attend Webinar on Medicolegal Death Investigation

On January 29, 2013, at 1 p.m. ET, RTI International and NIJ will host "Advanced Medical Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation (Live)." This live online course will discuss the use of advanced medical imaging in medicolegal death investigation, imaging forensics history, the current state of imaging in forensics, and future uses in medicolegal death investigations. (NIJ)

 
New Directory of Human Trafficking TTA Available

OVC and BJA have launched a Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. The directory includes distance learning, in-person training, and training by request opportunities. It is an excellent resource for practitioners and task forces actively working in the field to expand and enhance their knowledge. (OVC and BJA)

 
November/December News @ a Glance Released

"OJJDP News @ a Glance, November/December 2012" has been released. This issue of OJJDP’s bimonthly newsletter highlights the Defending Childhood Task Force’s release of recommendations for launching a coordinated national response to children’s exposure to violence. Other articles discuss OJJDP’s FY 2012 awards, a National Research Council report supporting a developmental approach to juvenile justice, and more. (OJJDP)

 
OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series Available

The OVC Discretionary Grantee Orientation Series is geared toward grantees; it provides information about OVC, grant management, financial and legal responsibilities, grant requirements, special conditions, and program measurement. View the first two Webinars in the series, Getting Started and Financial and Legal Responsibilities. After viewing each Webinar, please complete the corresponding evaluation. (OVC)

 
Participate in Indigent Defense Resources Webinar

On January 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. ET, BJA and the National Criminal Justice Association will host "Strengthening Indigent Defense: Understanding State and Federal Resources." This Webinar will showcase DOJ’s efforts to encourage jurisdictions to bring all system stakeholders together and will highlight some of the state and federal resources available to the public defense community. (BJA)

 
View Faith/Community-Based Victim Services Webinar

In partnership with the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, OVC hosted a Webinar that focused on best practices in working with youth, adults, and families who have been victims of violent acts and the rebuilding process that takes place after surviving such experiences. (OVC)

 
View Online Calendar of Events

BJA’s Calendar of Events provides a searchable, sortable listing of upcoming criminal justice conferences. Users can search by month and can filter events by topic and state. (BJA)

 
Webinar Discusses Mental Health Court Development

On January 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, the Council of State Governments, with support from BJA, will present "Introduction to Developing a Mental Health Court." This Webinar will introduce "Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum," which provides information on how to start, maintain, or learn more about mental health courts. (BJA)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
ABA Seeks Conference Workshop Proposals

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law is seeking workshop proposals for its national conference, "Raising the Bar: Lawyers as Partners for Family Well-Being," to be held July 12-13, 2013, in Washington, DC. Submit workshop proposals by January 25, 2013. (OJJDP)

 
Courses Available for Criminal Justice Professionals

The National Institute of Justice sponsors a variety of courses (both online and in a classroom) for criminal justice professionals. Topics include crime scene investigation, firearms examination, and communications technology. View the full list of available courses at NIJ’s Training Web page. (NIJ)

 
NCJFCJ To Host Family Law Conference

On February 24-27, 2013, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will host its annual national conference, "Judicial Institute: Family Law," in San Antonio, Texas. Experts will discuss topics such as property distribution and finance; military service and families; the role of technology and social media; and issues in divorce, custody, and visitation. Registration is available online. (OJJDP)

 
Register for At-Risk Children and Youth Conference

On January 24-25, 2013, Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) will present "Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth: Improving Lives Through Practice and System Reform." The conference, to be held in Washington, DC, will highlight the work of CJJR and explore issues, policies, and practices related to improving the outcomes of at-risk children and youth. (OJJDP)

 
Training Provides Information on "Fast GC" Technologies

NIJ has added "Gaining Speed with ‘Fast GC’: A Practitioner’s Perspective (archive)" to its list of available multimedia resources. In this recorded training, panel members discussed the adoption and implementation of various components of "fast GC" technologies. (NIJ)

 
Updated SAACT Materials Available for Download

OVC TTAC has updated its Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (SAACT). The training materials now include the latest available statistics, laws, and definitions related to sexual assault. The OVC TTAC Web site contains all the materials you need to conduct this important training. (OVC)

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