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Archives for September 2013

24 Million Americans Are Current Drug Users

This report presents the first information from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Illicit Drug Use In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning they had used […]

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Lowest Homicide Rate in the US Since 1960

FBI Releases 2012 Crime Statistics The FBI estimated that in 2012,  the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released today. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively. The rate of homicides has decreased to the lowest point since 1960. See http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/Search/Crime/State/RunCrimeStatebyState.cfm […]

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Forensic DNA Analysis Will Help Identify Remains

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded funds to the University of South Florida to continue performing forensic archaeological fieldwork associated with identifying unmarked graves and bodies buried on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, a former state-run institution that closed in 2011. Learn more about: NIJ’s DNA program […]

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Forum Discusses Investigation of Sexual Violence

RTI International, with funding from the National Institute of Justice, is offering “Investigating Sexual Violence – Emerging Solutions and Best Practices.” Date: September 19, 2013 Time: 11:30 a.m. ET Location: Washington, DC

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Reporting Centers Do Not Reduce Recidivism

“Day Reporting Centers in New Jersey: No Evidence of Reduced Recidivism” discusses the findings of a randomized controlled trial about the effect of day reporting centers on recidivism. Researchers found that parolees under traditional supervision had lower recidivism rates than parolees in day reporting centers.

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New Information Available on PREA Audits

All confinement facilities covered under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards must be audited at least every 3 years to be considered compliant. The PREA Resource Center has added a new Web page to provide information on PREA audits, including how to become a DOJ-certified PREA auditor.

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Watch Video of Fingerprint Fundamentals Webinar

A video of the Webinar, “Fingerprint Fundamentals for the Legal Professional,” presented by West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative with funding from the National Institute of Justice, will help attorneys understand the latent print process from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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New Justice Reinvestment Brief Released

The Urban Institute, with Bureau of Justice Assistance support, has released “The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States.” This research brief chronicles the early activities and results of 17 states engaged in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). Collectively, the 17 states that have adopted the JRI model are projected to save $3.3 billion over […]

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Report Shows That Prison Education Reduces Recidivism

“Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults,” funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, shows that correctional education reduces postrelease recidivism and does so cost-effectively. This bulletin also finds that correctional education may increase postrelease employment.

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Addressing Risk-Needs Responsivity for Tribal Probation Personal

The American Probation & Parole Association, with Bureau of Justice Assistance support, has released “Risk-Needs Responsivity: Turning Principles into Practice for Tribal Probation Personnel.” This bulletin provides an introduction to the principles of risk, need, and responsivity, and provides guidance on how tribal probation officers can incorporate each principle into everyday practice. JUSTINFO Free biweekly […]

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About one percent of the US experience violent victimizations each year

NEW JUSTICE REPORT ON CALCULATING THE PREVALENCE OF CRIME IN THE U.S. WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report today on a new procedure for calculating the prevalence of crime in the U.S. each year. A prevalence rate counts the number of persons who experienced at least one victimization during […]

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Justice Department–New Research Showing Prison Education Reduces Recidivism

Justice and Education Departments Announce New Research Showing Prison Education Reduces Recidivism, Saves Money, Improves Employment Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced research findings showing that, on average, inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not. […]

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Forensic DNA Analysis Will Help Identify Remains

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded funds to the University of South Florida to continue performing forensic archaeological fieldwork associated with identifying unmarked graves and bodies buried on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, a former state-run institution that closed in 2011. Learn more about: NIJ’s DNA program […]

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OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2013

This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention bimonthly newsletter highlights a presentation by members of the National Research Council on an OJJDP-funded report on recent advances in scientific understanding of adolescent brain development that should be more fully incorporated into juvenile justice policies and practices.

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Justice Today Newsletter Released

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) “Justice Today” features an article about the 2013 NCJA National Forum, discusses BJA’s partnership with the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Committee and BJA’s Campus Safety Initiatives.

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