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August 15, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 16 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 BJS Promotes the International Year of Statistics (BJS)
 DOJ Solidifies Commitment to Scientific Integrity (BJS and NIJ)
 Grant Supports Victims of Sikh Temple Attack (OVC)
 HHS Issues Guidance on Child Trauma (OJJDP)
 Measuring Costs and Benefits of SORNA (NIJ)
 NCJRS Announces New Publication Filtering Tool (NCJRS)
 New Deadline Implemented for OVC TTA Requests (OVC)
 OVC Announces Joye E. Frost as Director (OVC)
 OVC Spotlights Consultant Elena Cherepanov (OVC)
 Submit Nominations for Crime Victims' Service Awards (OVC)
Publications
 2013 OVC Report to the Nation Released (OVC)
 Link Between Youth Bullying and Suicide Examined (OJJDP)
 New Justice Reinvestment Brief Released (BJA)
 New Law Enforcement Practitioner Briefs Available (BJA)
 NIJ Research Strengthens Forensic Science (NIJ)
 Publication Addresses Migrant Laborers in San Diego (NIJ)
 Report Discusses Compstat's Origins, Evolution, and Future (BJA)
 Report Discusses Drop in Inmate Deaths (BJS)
 Study Reviews New York's Adult Drug Courts (BJA)
Online Resources
 Attend FORESIGHT Project Webinar (NIJ)
  Sexual Assault Response Teams Awareness Video Released (OVC)
 Training Discusses Native American Gang Members (BJA)
 Watch Second Chance Reentry Programs Interview (NIJ)
 Workshop Discusses Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes (NIJ)
Conferences and Trainings
 Apply for Juvenile Drug Courts Learning Collaborative (OJJDP)
 Attend Free Training for Forensic Laboratory Counsel (NIJ)
 Online Program Expanded To Include Other Disciplines (OVC)

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Announcements
 
BJS Promotes the International Year of Statistics

Statistics2013 is an awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society. BJS is planning several outreach activities to highlight careers in statistics and describe the uses of criminal justice statistics in our lives. Visit the BJS Statistics2013 Webpage for the latest updates. (BJS)

 
DOJ Solidifies Commitment to Scientific Integrity

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its Scientific and Research Integrity Policy. The policy is designed to promote and ensure the objectivity and independence of the Department's scientific endeavors. It lays out principles for maintaining and strengthening a culture of scientific validity and reliability. (BJS and NIJ)

 
Grant Supports Victims of Sikh Temple Attack

OVC awarded a $512,730 Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program grant to the Wisconsin Department of Justice to assist the victims of the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this grant and other steps the Justice Department is taking in a blog post commemorating the anniversary of the shooting. (OVC)

 
HHS Issues Guidance on Child Trauma

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a comprehensive guidance letter to child welfare professionals and providers serving children and families who have experienced severe trauma. Read OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee's message to the juvenile justice community concerning the guidance letter. (OJJDP)

 
Measuring Costs and Benefits of SORNA

NIJ is conducting a challenge that seeks creative and innovative research strategies for future researchers to use when studying (1) the implementation costs associated with complying with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and/or (2) SORNA's public safety benefits. The application deadline is October 31, 2013. (NIJ)

 
NCJRS Announces New Publication Filtering Tool

To streamline access to NCJRS federal sponsor materials, users now have the ability to filter publications in the A-Z Publications/Product listing by sponsor agency. This new feature allows users to find all publications for a particular agency in one easy step. (NCJRS)

 
New Deadline Implemented for OVC TTA Requests

Customized training and technical assistance (TTA) applications are now being accepted 90 days prior to the event date. Learn more about the application process and check the eligibility and criteria as you are considering your specific training and technical assistance needs. (OVC)

 
OVC Announces Joye E. Frost as Director

President Obama appointed Joye E. Frost to Director of OVC. Ms. Frost has served OVC since 1997, previously holding the titles of Principal Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Program Specialist. Read the announcement from the White House. (OVC)

 
OVC Spotlights Consultant Elena Cherepanov

Elena Cherepanov, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, specializes in individual, collective, and cultural trauma. At Cambridge College she trains students to serve vulnerable populations: victims of crime, violence, and social injustice. Dr. Cherepanov is a board member of the Association of Trauma Specialists and an author of over 40 publications. (OVC)

 
Submit Nominations for Crime Victims' Service Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 National Crime Victims' Service Awards. Help ensure that outstanding service providers and programs are given the recognition they deserve by submitting your nomination now. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, September 4, 2013. (OVC)

 
Publications
 
2013 OVC Report to the Nation Released

OVC has released its 2013 Report to the Nation, "Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality." The report summarizes OVC's programs and services in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 and describes the effect of these programs and services on victims, survivors, and communities. This report highlights record-breaking deposits into the Crime Victims Fund and more. (OVC)

 
Link Between Youth Bullying and Suicide Examined

The Journal of Adolescent Health has released a special online supplement examining the relationship between bullying and suicide among youth. This supplement reports on the findings of an expert panel that reviewed youth involvement in bullying - as victims, perpetrators, or both - with suicide-related behaviors. (OJJDP)

 
New Justice Reinvestment Brief Released

The Urban Institute, with BJA support, has released "The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States" (NCJ 243201, 5 pp.). 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 10 years. (BJA)

 
New Law Enforcement Practitioner Briefs Available

Winston-Salem State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have released multiple law enforcement publications, funded through Project Safe Neighborhoods. View the list of available publications at BJA's Project Safe Neighborhoods Web page. (BJA)

 
NIJ Research Strengthens Forensic Science

"NIJ's Innovative Research Spans Variety of Forensic Fields" (NCJ 241928) looks at how research and development efforts spur breakthrough technologies, increase efficiency, improve reliability, and determine which forensic techniques work well and which do not. (NIJ)

 
Publication Addresses Migrant Laborers in San Diego

"Thirty Percent of Migrant Laborers in San Diego Experience Trafficking Violations" (NCJ 242955, 4 pp.) discusses research performed at San Diego State University, which shows that a substantial number of unauthorized, Spanish-speaking migrant laborers in San Diego have experienced labor trafficking violations and that even more have been the victims of fraudulent, deceptive, or abusive labor practices. (NIJ)

 
Report Discusses Compstat's Origins, Evolution, and Future

"Compstat: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies" (NCJ 243217, 52 pp.) presents the findings of an effort to assess the status of Compstat in local and state law enforcement agencies. The project's goal was to study the initial development and evolution of Compstat, identify current best practices, and analyze Compstat's future. (BJA)

 
Report Discusses Drop in Inmate Deaths

"Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2011 - Statistical Tables" (NCJ 242186, 41 pp.) presents national and state-level data on the number of inmate deaths that occurred in local jails and state prisons, and includes aggregated data on deaths in federal prisons. (BJS)

 
Study Reviews New York's Adult Drug Courts

"A Statewide Evaluation of New York's Adult Drug Courts: Identifying Which Policies Work Best" (NCJ 243269, 118 pp.) describes a study that evaluated 86 adult drug courts in New York, the most sites ever included in a single drug court evaluation. The goal of the study was to determine why some drug courts are more successful than others. (BJA)

 
Online Resources
 
Attend FORESIGHT Project Webinar

West Virginia University, with support from NIJ, is offering "The FORESIGHT Project: Effectiveness and Efficiency of Forensic Laboratories Through Standardized Metrics." This Webinar will provide an overview of the FORESIGHT project and provide details regarding costs and tradeoffs in laboratory requests. The session will be held August 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. ET. (NIJ)

 
Sexual Assault Response Teams Awareness Video Released

Through a grant awarded by OVC, the SANE-SART Resource Service has created a video titled Break the Silence. The video is available to persons interested in creating a sexual assault response team in their community and in educating potential team members, management, and the community about the value of having such a team in a neighborhood. (OVC)

 
Training Discusses Native American Gang Members

BJA and the Community Corrections Institute are sponsoring "Managing Gang Members: Arrest to Reentry - Native American Street and Prison Gang Dynamics." This training session will be held September 18-19, 2013, in Riverton, Wyoming. (BJA)

 
Watch Second Chance Reentry Programs Interview

NIJ has added "Second Chance Act: What Have We Learned About Reentry Programs So Far?" (NCJ 243010) to its list of available multimedia resources. In this interview, Ron D'Amico discusses early findings from the evaluation of Second Chance reentry programs. (NIJ)

 
Workshop Discusses Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes

RTI International, with funding from NIJ, is offering "Technical Advances in the Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes." This workshop will provide attendees with the theory and foundational knowledge of, as well as hands-on learning with, the most prominent instruments available - the PanoScan, the 3D Leica Scanner, and SceneVision. (NIJ)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Apply for Juvenile Drug Courts Learning Collaborative

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is seeking juvenile drug courts to participate in its Juvenile Drug Court Learning Collaborative. Successful applicant courts will participate in a multiyear project to test and evaluate best practices, serve as models for system change, and share their experiences with other courts across the nation. (OJJDP)

 
Attend Free Training for Forensic Laboratory Counsel

West Virginia University, with support from NIJ, is offering "Forensic Science Training for Laboratory Counsel." This training session, to be held August 27-28, 2013, at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, will provide an understanding of forensic science and allow attendees to learn about common issues faced within a crime laboratory setting. (NIJ)

 
Online Program Expanded To Include Other Disciplines

Through additional funding awarded by OVC, the SANE-SART Resource Service's Online Learning Program is expanding to include special tracks for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and legal representatives. For more information and to participate, complete the application form for your discipline. The form is available online. (OVC)

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