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June 01, 2012 •  Volume 18, Number 11 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 Appropriate Uses of Second Chance Act Funds (BJA)
 Attorneys: Become an OVC Consultant (OVC)
 MOV Nomination Period Now Open (BJA)
Funding Opportunities
 Applicants Sought To Conduct Evaluability Assessment (NIJ)
 Applications Sought for Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BJA)
 Apply for SMART Fellowship Program (SMART)
 Apply To Be a BJA Visiting Fellow (BJA)
 Funding Opportunity for Violence Prevention Research Available (OJJDP)
 Solicitation Available for SCAAP Grant Funds (BJA)
Publications
 AMBER Alert Best Practices Guide Published (OJJDP)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Evaluation Center Releases Bulletin (OJJDP)
 Final PREA Rule Released (OJP)
 Report Is Definitive Guide to Fingerprint Identification (NIJ)
 Report Summarizes Sexual Victimization of Former Prisoners (BJS)
 Spanish Translation Available for Missing Children's Siblings (OJJDP)
 Spanish Translation Released on Abduction Recovery (OJJDP)
Online Resources
 Attend Forensic Science Research and Development Seminars (NIJ)
 Findings From Firearms Topical Working Group Available (NIJ)
 Stay Current With Your Training (OVC)
 Use of Force Video Available for Viewing (NIJ)
 View Criminal Justice Innovation Webinar (BJA)
 View NIJ Solicitation Q&A Web Page (NIJ)
 Watch Video From Evidence-Based Treatment Webinar (NIJ)
 Web Forum Discusses Violence Against Transgender Individuals (OVC)
 Webinar To Discuss Juvenile Justice Realignment (OJJDP)
 Webinar To Discuss Mental Competency in Courts (BJA)
Conferences and Trainings
 Agenda Available for NIJ Annual Conference (NIJ)
 Courses Available for Criminal Justice Professionals (NIJ)
 NIC Offers E-Courses for Corrections Professionals (NIC)
 Participate in Corrections Certification Training (NIC)
 Register for Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference (OJJDP)
 Register for National Behavioral Health Conference (OJJDP)
 Seminar Discusses Game-Based Learning in Corrections (NIC)

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Announcements
 
Appropriate Uses of Second Chance Act Funds
BJA has released "Allowable Uses for Second Chance Act Program Grant Funds." These guidelines have been issued to inform Second Chance Act grant recipients that a wide range of legal services may be an appropriate use of funds where those services further the Second Chance Act's purpose. (BJA)
 
Attorneys: Become an OVC Consultant

OVC is looking for attorneys who have more than 5 years of experience working with victims of crime and enforcing victims' rights to serve as Training and Technical Assistance Expert Consultants. Learn more about the consultant network, check the criteria for enrollment, and apply to become a consultant today. (OVC)

 
MOV Nomination Period Now Open

The nomination period for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) is open. Nominations will be accepted from May 31 to July 31, 2012. The medal is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. (BJA)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Applicants Sought To Conduct Evaluability Assessment

Application deadline: June 8, 2012
NIJ seeks proposals to conduct Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model. Results from the assessments may become a precursor to further research and program development work, lay possible groundwork for other targeted research, and assist with the coordination of research and evaluation efforts sponsored by NIJ and partnering agencies. (NIJ)

 
Applications Sought for Bulletproof Vest Partnership

Application deadline: June 27, 2012
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) is a unique Department of Justice initiative that provides funds to support the purchase of NIJ-approved vests. Applications are being accepted through the electronic BVP system. (BJA)

 
Apply for SMART Fellowship Program

Application deadline: June 7, 2012
The SMART FY 2012 Sex Offender Management Fellowship Program is providing funds for three fellowship positions to focus on enhancing the capacity of the SMART Office to provide technical assistance and support to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions on their responses to sexual violence and exploitation in the context of sex offender management. (SMART)

 
Apply To Be a BJA Visiting Fellow

Application deadline: June 28, 2012
The BJA Visiting Fellows Program seeks to leverage state, local, or tribal subject-matter expertise to assess areas of need and to develop strategies, tools, and policies in collaboration with BJA staff for the benefit of the criminal justice field. BJA will host up to five fellows; fellowships will last 12 to 18 months. (BJA)

 
Funding Opportunity for Violence Prevention Research Available

Application deadline: June 28, 2012
OJJDP is seeking applications for the Community-Based Violence Prevention Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program. This project will support new and ongoing rigorous, scientific research and evaluation that has practical applications for communities seeking to prevent and reduce youth violence. (OJJDP)

 
Solicitation Available for SCAAP Grant Funds

Application deadline: July 6, 2012
Applicants are sought for the FY 2012 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). SCAAP provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and who were incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days. (BJA)

 
Publications
 
AMBER Alert Best Practices Guide Published

"AMBER Alert Best Practices" (NCJ 232271, 64 pp.) discusses the most effective strategies that AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) partners have provided for recovering missing children. This guide spells out roles and responsibilities and the progression of events in a well-coordinated AMBER Alert activation; it was created to support and improve responses to child abductions. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The May issue of "Justice Today" features an article that discusses the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program. This issue also includes articles about BJA's Intellectual Property Enforcement Program and the Volunteers in Police Service Program. Information about grants and funding opportunities is also provided. (BJA)

 
Evaluation Center Releases Bulletin

The National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) has released the latest issue of the "NJJEC Bulletin." This edition includes a review of an article on family engagement, descriptions of available resources on juvenile justice, and a review of Georgia's Juvenile Justice Data Clearinghouse. Subscribe to receive future issues of the bulletin. (OJJDP)

 
Final PREA Rule Released

The Department of Justice has released the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" final rule. These standards protect adult and juvenile offenders in prisons, jails, and lockups at the federal, state, and local levels in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). (OJP)

 
Report Is Definitive Guide to Fingerprint Identification

"The Fingerprint Sourcebook" (NCJ 225320, 422 pp.) is the definitive guide to the science of fingerprint identification. Chapters include topics such as the anatomy and physiology of adult friction ridge skin, systems of friction ridge classification, latent print development, and the examination process. (NIJ) order print copy

 
Report Summarizes Sexual Victimization of Former Prisoners

"Sexual Victimization Reported by Former State Prisoners, 2008" (NCJ 237363, 52 pp.) describes the sexual victimization experienced by former state prisoners during their prior term of incarceration, including any time served in a local jail, state prison, or post-release community correctional facility. The report is based on data from the first-ever National Former Prisoner Survey, conducted between January 2008 and October 2008. (BJS)

 
Spanish Translation Available for Missing Children's Siblings

OJJDP has released the Spanish-language version of "What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister" (NCJ 237775, 70 pp.). Authored by eight such siblings, this publication contains information to help and support children when their sibling is kidnapped. It includes activity pages for children of all ages, including those who are too young to read. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Spanish Translation Released on Abduction Recovery
OJJDP has released the Spanish-language version of "You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment" (NCJ 237774, 74 pp.). This publication was prepared with the assistance of young adults who were abducted as children and are walking the path of healing and recovery. It is designed to help others who experience abduction to begin to put their lives back together. (OJJDP) order print copy
 
Online Resources
 
Attend Forensic Science Research and Development Seminars

NIJ is offering a new online seminar series that will showcase forensic science research and development. This series is presented by NIJ and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. To view the list of upcoming seminars and to register, view the Continuing Education and Training in R and D Web page. (NIJ)

 
Findings From Firearms Topical Working Group Available

On November 30 to December 1, 2011, NIJ convened a group of experts to form the Firearms and Violence Research Working Group. Attendees discussed and identified seven topical areas and subareas that, if addressed, would advance understanding of firearms violence and identify effective strategies that could reduce gun-related violent crime. (NIJ)

 
Stay Current With Your Training

Get e-mail updates from OVC TTAC about professional development opportunities so you can better serve victims of crime. Sign up today to receive the quarterly e-Brief and information about available training and technical assistance opportunities. (OVC)

 
Use of Force Video Available for Viewing

NIJ has added "Use of Force and Conducted Energy Devices" (CEDs) to its list of Webinars. In this video, Geoffrey P. Alpert, Ph.D., explains use of force, discusses proper use of CEDs and the importance of training, and provides lessons for law enforcement executives about use of force. (NIJ)

 
View Criminal Justice Innovation Webinar

The "Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program FY 2012 Solicitation Informational Webinar," a previously recorded Webinar, provides information about the BCJI solicitation. The program is designed to provide neighborhoods with coordinated federal support to implement comprehensive, place-based strategies to effectively reduce and prevent crime by connecting this support to broader comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts. (BJA)

 
View NIJ Solicitation Q&A Web Page

Have a question about an NIJ solicitation? NIJ has posted a Question and Answers for Specific Solicitations Web page that provides the questions and answers submitted to NIJ by applicants in regard to various NIJ solicitations. (NIJ)

 
Watch Video From Evidence-Based Treatment Webinar

NIJ has added "Addiction, the Brain, and Evidence-Based Treatment" to its list of Research in the Real World series Webinars. View this Webinar and more at NIJ's Multimedia Web page. (NIJ)

 
Web Forum Discusses Violence Against Transgender Individuals

On June 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on understanding violence against transgender individuals. Rebecca Waggoner, Director of OutFront, and Michael Munson, cofounder and Executive Director of FORGE, will lead the discussion. View their biographies and submit questions for discussion. (OVC)

 
Webinar To Discuss Juvenile Justice Realignment
On June 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP's National Center for Youth in Custody will present the Webinar, "Is the Juvenile Justice Realignment Train Slowing Down?" Presentations will focus on policy and practice changes made in response to tight budgets and low rates of violent crime. (OJJDP)
 
Webinar To Discuss Mental Competency in Courts

The three-part Webinar series, "Mental Competency - Best Practices Model," will present a series of practices deemed to be most effective and efficient for handling mental competency issues in the criminal justice and mental health systems. The model was devised for judges, attorneys, mental health practitioners, and other professionals who handle cases involving the issue of competency to proceed. (BJA)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Agenda Available for NIJ Annual Conference

The agenda for The 2012 NIJ Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia, is now available online. For more than a decade, NIJ's annual conference has brought together criminal justice scholars, policymakers, and practitioners at the local, state, and federal levels to share the most recent findings from research and technology. (NIJ)

 
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. Current training courses include courtroom presentation and officers of the court, trace evidence, and fish and wildlife investigations. View the full list of available courses at NIJ's Training Web page. (NIJ)

 
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)

 
Participate in Corrections Certification Training

NIC and the Center for Credentialing and Education have partnered to develop the Thinking for a Change Certified Facilitator corrections certification training. This credential is available only to correctional professionals and those who implement the Thinking for a Change program with offender groups or other appropriate audiences. (NIC)

 
Register for Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference
OJJDP Acting Administrator Melodee Hanes will deliver a keynote address at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's annual conference, "Improving Justice Outcomes for Youth and Families: Uniting Science, Policy and Practice." The conference will take place June 21-24, 2012, in Bethesda, Maryland, and will promote juvenile justice and delinquency prevention system innovations that reduce court contact and improve outcomes for youth and families. (OJJDP)
 
Register for National Behavioral Health Conference

On June 25-28, 2012, the Indian Health Service will host its 2012 National Behavioral Health Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota. This year's theme-mobilizing partnerships to promote wellness-emphasizes the importance of collaboration to improve the behavioral health of American Indian and Alaska Native people. (OJJDP)

 
Seminar Discusses Game-Based Learning in Corrections

On June 7, 2012, at 10 a.m. ET, NIC will host "Learning Administrator's Virtual Community Thought Leader Webinar: Game-Based Learning." In this free presentation, Gabe Zichermann, chair of the Gamification Summit, will discuss the value of game-based learning and its possibilities for use in corrections. (NIC)

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