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May 15, 2012 •  Volume 18, Number 10 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 MOV Nomination Period To Open in May (BJA)
 OVC TTAC Spotlights Consultant Sandra Hein (OVC)
 Victims' Service Awards Recipients Announced Online (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 Applicants Sought To Conduct Evaluability Assessment (NIJ)
 Apply for SOTIPS Evaluation Grant (NIJ)
 Apply for SOTIPS Implementation Grant (SMART)
 Funding Addresses Missing Persons with Alzheimer's Disease (BJA)
 Funding Available To Implement COSA Programs (SMART)
 Funding Opportunities Available From BJA (BJA)
 OJJDP To Fund Research on Underage Drinking (OJJDP)
 Program Seeks To Reduce Crime (BJA)
 SAMHSA Issues Teen Court Funding Opportunity (OJJDP)
Publications
 Bulletin Examines Authorities' Knowledge of Youth Victimization (OJJDP)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet Revised (OVC)
 Latest Issue of SMART Watch Released (SMART)
 National Gang Center Releases Newsletter (OJJDP)
 OJJDP Releases Second Journal of Juvenile Justice (OJJDP)
 Publication Discusses Development of Motivational Interviewing Skills (NIC)
 Report Details Influence of Social Networks (OJJDP)
 Report Discusses Sexual Victimization in Prisons (OJP)
 Report Is Definitive Guide to Fingerprint Identification (NIJ)
Online Resources
 Attend Forensic Science Research and Development Seminars (NIJ)
 Discover Corrections Web Site Now Available (BJA)
 Findings From Firearms Topical Working Group Available (NIJ)
 Seminar Discusses Game-Based Learning in Corrections (NIC)
 Subscribe To Receive Corrections E-Newsletter (NIC)
 Use of Force Video Available for Viewing (NIJ)
 View New Blog Articles From NIC (NIC)
 View NIJ Solicitation Q&A Web Page (NIJ)
 Watch Video From Evidence-Based Treatment Webinar (NIJ)
 Web Forum Discusses Crime Victims with Disabilities (OVC)
Conferences and Trainings
 Agenda Available for NIJ Annual Conference (NIJ)
 Courses Available for Criminal Justice Professionals (NIJ)
 Register for Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference (OJJDP)

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Announcements
 
MOV Nomination Period To Open in May

The nomination period for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) will be open 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)

 
OVC TTAC Spotlights Consultant Sandra Hein

Sandra Hein has served as a police officer with the city of Alexandria, Virginia, for 22 years. Detective Hein provides training in the areas of sexual violence, Sexual Assault Response Team procedures, crisis intervention, hostage negotiation, and police investigative procedures. Read the full biography. (OVC)

 
Victims' Service Awards Recipients Announced Online

On April 20, 2012, OVC hosted the 2012 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, a prelude event to National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 22-28, 2012. At the ceremony, Attorney General Eric Holder honored individuals and organizations for their service to crime victims. In addition to event photos, biographies and photos of the honorees are available on the OVC Gallery. (OVC)

 
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)

 
Apply for SOTIPS Evaluation Grant

Application deadline: May 31, 2012
Apply for the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) grant. Developed by the state of Vermont, SOTIPS combines static and dynamic risk measures into an assessment tool to predict sexual recidivism. It includes an implementation and process evaluation and an assessment of relevant outcome measures such as treatment efficacy and recidivism. (NIJ)

 
Apply for SOTIPS Implementation Grant

Application deadline: June 1, 2012
The SMART Office is requesting applications for the Promoting Evidence Integration in Sex Offender Management: Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) solicitation. Applications are requested from jurisdictions interested in implementing SOTIPS in an effort to replicate previous study findings and to evaluate the effectiveness of this model of risk assessment. (SMART)

 
Funding Addresses Missing Persons with Alzheimer's Disease

Application deadline: June 18, 2012
The National Initiatives: Law Enforcement and Missing Persons with Alzheimer's Disease grant seeks to address community needs and develop community partnerships to assist law enforcement in locating and working with missing persons who have Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. (BJA)

 
Funding Available To Implement COSA Programs

The SMART Office seeks applicants for two solicitations. Promoting Evidence Integration in Sex Offender Management Program: Circles of Support and Accountability for Project Sites provides a supervision strategy involving the use of community volunteers who will support offenders while holding them accountable to their self-monitoring plan. Promoting Evidence Integration in Sex Offender Management Program: Circles of Support and Accountability Training and Technical Assistance Project provides training and technical assistance to jurisdictions interested in developing and implementing COSA programs. (SMART)

 
Funding Opportunities Available From BJA

BJA has a number of open solicitations on topics such as law enforcement, gang and gun crime reduction, and various training and technical assistance initiatives. View the full list of available solicitations at BJA's Funding Web page. (BJA)

 
OJJDP To Fund Research on Underage Drinking

Application deadline: June 4, 2012
Funding is available for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program. OJJDP will fund field-initiated research to study the factors that influence the prevention of underage drinking, the enforcement of underage drinking laws, and individuals' and communities' attitudes and behaviors about underage drinking. (OJJDP)

 
Program Seeks To Reduce Crime

Application deadline: June 14, 2012
BJA is seeking applications under the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Grant Program. PSN is designed to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. (BJA)

 
SAMHSA Issues Teen Court Funding Opportunity

Application deadline: May 30, 2012.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, is accepting applications for FY 2012 Teen Court Program grants. This program provides treatment and related recovery support services to youth who are involved in a teen court program and have substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs. (OJJDP)

 
Publications
 
Bulletin Examines Authorities' Knowledge of Youth Victimization

"Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities" (NCJ 235394, 8 pp.) presents the results from OJJDP's National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence regarding police, school, and medical authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth. (OJJDP) order print copy

 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The April issue of "Justice Today" features an article that discusses the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program solicitations. This issue also includes articles about the Maryland Violent Offender Warrant Initiative and National Police Week events. Information about grants and funding opportunities is also provided. (BJA)

 
Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet Revised

OVC has revised the Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet (FS 000382). The Crime Victims Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA); it is a major funding source for victim services throughout the nation. This fact sheet provides information about the fund and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded by VOCA. (OVC)

 
Latest Issue of SMART Watch Released

The latest issue of "SMART Watch" (NCJ 238537) highlights the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Articles discuss SORNA implementation updates, including international tracking of sex offenders; SMART funding opportunities; and a new initiative recently launched by the SMART Office. (SMART)

 
National Gang Center Releases Newsletter

The National Gang Center has released the inaugural issue of its NGC Newsletter. The online quarterly features articles on reducing gang involvement and crime in communities. Future issues will provide practitioners with current information about emerging gangs, gang-related trends, gang-reduction trainings, and gang-suppression strategies. (OJJDP)

 
OJJDP Releases Second Journal of Juvenile Justice

OJJDP has published the second issue of its online "Journal of Juvenile Justice." This issue features articles on truancy intervention, polygraph testing for juveniles, homeless youth and arrest history, education in juvenile detention facilities, and juvenile reentry. Manuscripts for the third and fourth issues are currently being accepted. (OJJDP)

 
Publication Discusses Development of Motivational Interviewing Skills

"Exercises for Developing MI Skills in Corrections" (ACCN 025557) presents scenarios that agents commonly encounter in their efforts to monitor and reinforce court/parole/institutional conditions and address clients' needs. A glossary of related terms is included. (NIC)

 
Report Details Influence of Social Networks

The Urban Institute has released "Social Networks, Delinquency, and Gang Membership: Using a Neighborhood Framework to Examine the Influence of Network Composition and Structure in a Latino Community." This report presents findings from a study of youth living in a high-risk neighborhood; the study was conducted to explore how interpersonal relationships and peer networks shape youth's potential for violence, delinquency, and gang membership. (OJJDP)

 
Report Discusses Sexual Victimization in Prisons

"Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails" (NCJ 238333, 97 pp.) presents the findings of the review panel on prison rape. The goal of the panel is to gather information that will be helpful to correctional policymakers, administrators, line staff, and allied professionals as they seek to end sexual violence in prisons and jails. (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

 
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. View the list of upcoming seminars and register online. (NIJ)

 
Discover Corrections Web Site Now Available

DiscoverCorrections.com, created and supported with funding from BJA, is a new Web site designed to connect employers with open positions to applicants who are seeking employment in the corrections field. Registration is required to use this free resource. (BJA)

 
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)

 
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 in corrections. (NIC)

 
Subscribe To Receive Corrections E-Newsletter

NIC's monthly e-newsletter, "Corrections From the Field," is a resource for updating the field on news, information, and current topics in corrections. Each newsletter includes information from NIC staff, federal partners, and criminal justice colleagues. To learn more, to subscribe, and to view previous issues, visit NIC's Newsletter Web page. (NIC)

 
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 New Blog Articles From NIC

New articles have been posted to NIC's Corrections & Mental Health Web page, a blog covering mental health practices. The new articles focus on two themes: (1) involuntary medication and (2) ethical and legal issues concerning the mentally ill in corrections. (NIC)

 
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 Crime Victims with Disabilities

On May 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on expanding services for crime victims with disabilities. Marcie Davis, Chief Executive Officer of a research and organizational development consulting firm, and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for SafePlace, will lead the discussion. View their biographies online. (OVC)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Agenda Available for NIJ Annual Conference

The agenda for The NIJ 2012 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 crime scene investigation, impression evidence, and communications technology. View the full list of available courses at NIJ's Training Web page. (NIJ)

 
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, MD, and will promote juvenile justice and delinquency prevention system innovations that reduce court contact and improve outcomes for youth and families. (OJJDP)

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