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February 1, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 3 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 AMBER Alert’s Successes Noted on 17th Anniversary (OJJDP)
 BJA Director Speaks at Industry Briefing (BJA)
 National TeleNursing Center Seeks Information (OVC)
 OJP Supports National Drug Facts Week (OJJDP)
 OVC TTAC Asks Practitioners About TTA Needs (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 Addressing Violence Against Native American Women (NIJ)
 Apply for 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide Production (OVC)
 Apply for Family Drug Court Programs Grant (OJJDP)
 Funding Addresses Comprehensive Approaches To Combat Trafficking (OVC)
 Funding Available To Organize VOCA Administrator Conference (OVC)
 Funding Available To Research Mentoring Best Practices (OJJDP)
 Funds Provide Training to State Advisory Groups (OJJDP)
 Mentoring Assists in Successful Offender Reentry (BJA)
 Program Seeks To Improve Cross-System Collaboration (BJA)
 Strategies Sought To Help Reduce Crime (BJA)
Publications
 2013 NCVRW Resource Guide Available Online (OVC)
 Guide Discusses Increased Emergency Vehicle Visibility (NIJ)
 Jail Reentry Resource Available for Corrections (NIC)
 Latest TECHBeat Now Available (NIJ)
 OJP Annual Report Released (OJP)
 Report Addresses 21st Century Correctional Needs (NIC)
 Report Discusses Public Involvement With Community Justice (BJA)
Online Resources
 Article Addresses Mental Health in Corrections (NIC)
 February Is Dating Violence Awareness/Prevention Month (NCJRS)
 Interview Focuses on Neurobiology of Sexual Assault (NIJ)
 Participate in NIC Learning Opportunities (NIC)
 Sheriff’s Office Embraces Social Media Outreach (NIC)
 Web Forum Discusses Pretrial Process (OVC)
Conferences and Trainings
 Attend Serial Number Restoration Training (NIJ)
 Join NIJ at AAFS Annual Meeting (NIJ)
 NCJFCJ To Host Family Law Conference (OJJDP)
 Summit Discusses Innovations in Criminal Justice (BJA)
 Training Available for Juvenile Court Officials (OJJDP)

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Announcements
 
AMBER Alert’s Successes Noted on 17th Anniversary

January 2013 marks the 17th anniversary of the creation of the AMBER Alert Program. In a blog post, Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General for OJP and National AMBER Alert Coordinator, discusses the growth of the program and urges the public to “recommit themselves and remain alert and responsive” to these emergency broadcasts. (OJJDP)

 
BJA Director Speaks at Industry Briefing

On January 24, 2013, BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell spoke at the IJIS Institute’s Winter 2013 Industry Briefing. Listen to Director O'Donnell’s remarks. (BJA)

 
National TeleNursing Center Seeks Information

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) received funding from OVC and NIJ to develop a National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center. MDPH is seeking information about the unique needs of potential pilot sites and opinions about selection criteria. Review the Request for Information by entering 305918 in the Search by Keyword field on the Comm-Pass Web site and submit answers by February 7, 2013. (OVC)

 
OJP Supports National Drug Facts Week

OJP is supporting National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) from January 28 to February 3, 2013. NDFW is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which offers materials that help shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse through community-based events, Web activities, TV spots, and contests. (OJJDP)

 
OVC TTAC Asks Practitioners About TTA Needs

OVC’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) has released a needs assessment form asking practitioners to identify topical areas where they need further training and technical assistance for professional development and so they can provide improved services to victims of crime. Visit the OVC TTAC Web site to learn more. (OVC)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Addressing Violence Against Native American Women

Application deadline: April 22, 2013
NIJ seeks proposals for Evaluating the Effectiveness of State, Local and Tribal Responses to Violence Committed Against Indian Women Living in Tribal Communities. This solicitation provides funding to conduct evaluations of promising programs that effectively respond to violence against Indian women living in tribal communities managed by state, local, or tribal governments. (NIJ)

 
Apply for 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide Production

Application deadline: March 13, 2013
One cooperative agreement of $350,000 will be awarded to produce the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide. The guide will serve as a resource for the victims field to support efforts to heighten the public’s awareness of crime victim issues nationwide during NCVRW in April 2014 and throughout the year. (OVC)

 
Apply for Family Drug Court Programs Grant

Application deadline: March 25, 2013
OJJDP seeks applications for its Family Drug Court Programs solicitation. This program helps states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to either implement new drug courts or enhance existing drug courts for individuals with substance abuse disorders or substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. (OJJDP)

 
Funding Addresses Comprehensive Approaches To Combat Trafficking

Application deadline: March 14, 2013
Through the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation, BJA and OVC will award cooperative agreements of up to $500,000 for combating sex trafficking and labor trafficking of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. Selected sites will receive a BJA award to support a law enforcement agency and an OVC award to support a victim service organization. (OVC)

 
Funding Available To Organize VOCA Administrator Conference

Application deadline: March 18, 2013
OVC is seeking applicants to plan and implement the National Joint Training Conference for VOCA Victim Assistance and Victim Compensation Administrators, to be held in 2014. One discretionary grant of $150,000 will be awarded and, depending on grantee performance and funding availability, additional funding may be provided to plan and execute the 2015 conference. (OVC)

 
Funding Available To Research Mentoring Best Practices

Application deadline: February 19, 2013
OJJDP is requesting applications for the Mentoring Best Practices Research program. This program seeks to enhance what is understood about mentoring as a prevention and intervention strategy for youth who are at risk of involvement or who are already involved in the juvenile justice system. (OJJDP)

 
Funds Provide Training to State Advisory Groups

Application deadline: February 25, 2013
OJJDP seeks applicants for the State Advisory Group Training and Technical Assistance Project. The project will provide training and technical assistance to state advisory groups appointed under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended. (OJJDP)

 
Mentoring Assists in Successful Offender Reentry

Application deadline: March 21, 2013
Applications are sought for the Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services for Successful Reentry Program. This solicitation is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for offenders through the establishment and maintenance of pre- and postrelease mentoring relationships. (BJA)

 
Program Seeks To Improve Cross-System Collaboration

Application deadline: March 25, 2013
Funding for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program is now available. The program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. (BJA)

 
Strategies Sought To Help Reduce Crime

Application deadline: February 14, 2013
The Smart Policing Initiative grant program seeks to build on analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. (BJA)

 
Publications
 
2013 NCVRW Resource Guide Available Online

The 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is available online in English and Spanish. It contains everything you need to host and promote NCVRW in your community, including posters, camera-ready artwork, and Web ads. This year, public service announcements address child sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, and elder financial fraud. NCVRW will be observed April 21-27, 2013. (OVC)

 
Guide Discusses Increased Emergency Vehicle Visibility

"Vehicle Marking and Technology for Increased Highway Visibility: A Reference Guide for Decision Makers" (NCJ 240966) visually displays examples of the application of various chevron patterns, creative use of reflective decal markings, new arrangements of warning lights, and other innovative designs. The intent is to increase the visibility of emergency vehicles to motorists approaching them. (NIJ)

 
Jail Reentry Resource Available for Corrections

"The Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry" (ACCN 026911) presents the two-stage screening and assessment process that is used to determine risk and need levels. This process is a core element of the Transition from Jail to Community model. (NIC)

 
Latest TECHBeat Now Available

"TECHBeat Winter 2013" (NCJ 240915, 16 pp.) features an article about FaceCrook, a program that allows inmates to provide anonymous crime tips. Other articles discuss a system that tracks repeat offenders in Niagara County, New York; a manual that outlines policies and procedures for digital evidence; and a smartphone app that allows students to communicate with police. (NIJ)

 
OJP Annual Report Released

"OJP Annual Report 2011: Driving the Future" (NCJ 239579, 52 pp.) discusses OJP’s commitment to outreach and collaboration with the criminal and juvenile justice fields, innovative programs and technology, evidence-based programs and practices, and management of funds. Each chapter includes real-world examples that show positive effects of OJP programs. (OJP)

 
Report Addresses 21st Century Correctional Needs

NIC has released "Corrections Learning and Performance: A Vision for the 21st Century" (ACCN 026506). This white paper focuses on learning and performance challenges in the 21st century, including the role of technology in learning programs and the incorporation of evidence-based practices into program design and delivery. (NIC)

 
Report Discusses Public Involvement With Community Justice

"The Public Wants To Be Involved: A Roundtable Conversation about Community and Restorative Justice" (NCJ 240919, 23 pp.) provides highlights from a roundtable discussion about engaging the public in justice programming. Participants included policymakers and practitioners representing local, state, and federal initiatives involved in restorative justice, including community courts, community justice panels, community prosecution and holistic defense programs, and the Drug-Free Communities program. (BJA)

 
Online Resources
 
Article Addresses Mental Health in Corrections

"On Language and Limits; Missions and Mental Health" is an article that discusses how jail leaders can promote a mission-focused discussion of the jail’s role in community mental health. The article also includes practical actions jail leaders can take to optimize the delivery of mental health care in their facilities. (NIC)

 
February Is Dating Violence Awareness/Prevention Month

In observation of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (February 2013), NCJRS invites you to view the Teen Dating Violence Special Feature. This resource provides information about teen dating violence and contains links to publications and references that focus on this issue. (NCJRS)

 
Interview Focuses on Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

In this interview, "The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy," Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., brings together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. Real-world, practical implications are examined for first responders such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates. (NIJ)

 
Participate in NIC Learning Opportunities

NIC currently offers learning opportunities that include traditional in-person classroom training, e-courses you can access online at any time, and real-time virtual instructor-led training. The full list of courses is available on NIC’s Training Web page. (NIC)

 
Sheriff’s Office Embraces Social Media Outreach

In this article, Tom Erickson from the Johnson County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Office discusses the "tweet-along." This type of event is similar to the ride-alongs many sheriffs’ offices offer to residents who want to learn more about public safety, but the audience can include the agency’s Twitter followers plus their networks. (NIC)

 
Web Forum Discusses Pretrial Process

On February 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on pretrial process considerations for crime victims. Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Jeffrey Dion, Esq., Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime, will lead the discussion. View their biographies and submit questions for discussion. (OVC)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Attend Serial Number Restoration Training

The National Firearms Examiner Academy, with support from NIJ, is offering "Serial Number Restoration Training." This class supports the identification and tracing of firearms recovered in criminal investigations. Three training sessions will be held: February 26-28, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona; March 12-14, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois; and July 16-18, 2013, in Ammendale, Maryland. (NIJ)

 
Join NIJ at AAFS Annual Meeting

Join NIJ at the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) annual meeting for the all-day event "The Research After Eureka! How NIJ Funded Research Supports the Science of Forensics!" At this event, NIJ grantees will present their forensic research and development projects. It will take place on February 19, 2013, in Washington, DC. (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)

 
Summit Discusses Innovations in Criminal Justice

On February 19-21, 2013, in Miami, Florida, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with BJA and the Center for Court Innovation, will host the Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit II. The summit will highlight 10 innovative criminal justice practices. (BJA)

 
Training Available for Juvenile Court Officials

On April 8-12, 2013, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will host an Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Reno, Nevada. The Institute is for state and tribal judicial officers who are new to the juvenile and family court bench or who are returning to the bench after other assignments and would like a refresher course. (OJJDP)

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