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May 1, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 9 https://www.ncjrs.gov
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Announcements
 Announcing Five-Year Anniversary of Second Chance Act (BJA)
 Apply for Law Enforcement Research Award (NIJ)
 Comments Sought for Human Trafficking Action Plan (OVC)
 Crime Victims’ Service Awards Recipients Announced Online (OVC)
 Phase I Body Armor Challenge Winners Announced (NIJ)
 Stay Current With Your Training (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 Applications Sought for Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BJA)
 Applications Sought for Geospatial Predictive Policing Grant (NIJ)
 Apply for Law Enforcement TTA Grant (BJA)
 Apply To Improve Firearm Background Checks (BJA and BJS)
 Develop a State Victim Assistance Academy (OVC)
 Funding Helps Offenders With Co-Occurring Disorders (BJA)
 Funding Improves Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners (OVC)
 Funding Provides Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (OVC)
 Grant Available to Evaluate Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (NIJ)
 Grant Provides Funds for Indigent Defense Systems (BJA)
 Holistic Defense Grant Awardees Announced (BJA)
 Ideas Sought for Countering Radicalization to Violent Extremism (NIJ)
 National TeleNursing Center Seeks National Pilot Sites (OVC)
 Reducing the Backlog of DNA Casework (NIJ)
 Research Needed on Offender Decision-Making Process (NIJ)
 Research Needed on White Collar Crime (NIJ)
 Sex Offender Management Fellowship Program Solicitation Released (SMART)
 Solicitation Available for SCAAP Funds (BJA)
 Solicitation Funds Two Vision 21 Fellowships (OVC)
 Tribal Alcohol and Substance Abuse TTA Needed (BJA)
Publications
 Affordable Care Act Has Impact on Criminal Justice (BJA)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Defending Childhood Task Force Report Available (OJJDP)
 March/April OJJDP News @ a Glance Released (OJJDP)
 Report Assesses Juveniles’ Access to Counsel in Missouri (OJJDP)
 Report Discusses Justice Reinvestment Strategies (BJA)
Online Resources
 Corrections Resource Available (NCJRS)
 National Police Week is May 12-18 (NCJRS)
 New Multimedia Resource on Wrongful Conviction Available (NIJ)
 Recorded Webinar Discusses Drug Court Grantee Resources (BJA)
 Webinar Addresses Human Trafficking (BJA)
 Webinar To Explore Juvenile Justice System/Family Partnerships (OJJDP)
 Workshop To Address Next Generation Technologies (NIJ)
Conferences and Trainings
 Attend Degraded DNA Seminar (NIJ)
 Forensic Science Training Available for Legal Professionals (NIJ)

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Announcements
 
Announcing Five-Year Anniversary of Second Chance Act

"The Second Chance Act: The First Five Years" describes the landmark legislation authorizing federal grants to support programs aimed at reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for people leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. (BJA)

 
Apply for Law Enforcement Research Award

The Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in initiating, collaborating on, and employing research to improve police operations and public safety. Applications are due by June 29, 2013. (NIJ)

 
Comments Sought for Human Trafficking Action Plan

OVC is seeking public comments on a Federal Strategic Action Plan that outlines a 5-year collaborative, multiphase effort to improve services to victims of human trafficking in the United States. Review the plan, make recommendations to strengthen the plan, and suggest additional items that can be accomplished through collaboration. Submit comments by May 24, 2013. (OVC)

 
Crime Victims’ Service Awards Recipients Announced Online

On April 24, 2013, OVC hosted the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21-27, 2013. At the ceremony, Attorney General Eric Holder honored individuals and organizations for their service to crime victims. Biographies and photos of the honorees are available at the OVC Gallery. (OVC)

 
Phase I Body Armor Challenge Winners Announced

NIJ is pleased to announce the winners of phase I of the Body Armor Challenge! Four teams were selected based on their innovative ideas for finding nondestructive ways to test the internal integrity of body armor. (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, information about available training and technical assistance opportunities, and upcoming Webinars. (OVC)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Applications Sought for Bulletproof Vest Partnership

Application deadline: May 20, 2013
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)

 
Applications Sought for Geospatial Predictive Policing Grant

Application deadline: June 17, 2013
Through the Testing Geospatial Predictive Policing Strategies solicitation, NIJ is seeking research that explores the relationships and disconnects between current geospatial predictive policing strategies and scientific theory. The goal of the proposed research is to demonstrate how empirical results can be used to improve upon or change current theory and practice. (NIJ)

 
Apply for Law Enforcement TTA Grant

Application Deadline: May 30, 2013
The Law Enforcement: National Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) solicitation seeks applicants that will develop and deliver TTA in three categories to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. The categories are: Educating the 21st Century Law Enforcement Officer, Increasing Analytical Capacity: Training for the Law Enforcement Executive, and Delivery of Evidenced-Based Violence Reduction Strategies. (BJA)

 
Apply To Improve Firearm Background Checks

Application deadline: May 13, 2013
Through the Improving the Completeness of Firearm Background Checks through Enhanced State Data Sharing solicitation, BJA is seeking applications to implement data sharing that will improve the effectiveness of background checks for the purchase of firearms. This competitive grant opportunity will improve and expand accessible data at the time of a firearm background check to ensure lawful purchases. (BJA and BJS)

 
Develop a State Victim Assistance Academy

Application deadline: May 13, 2013
Up to six first-year awards of $35,000 will be awarded to develop State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA) that will provide comprehensive, academically based, fundamental education and training for victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, and allied professionals who routinely work with victims of crime. (OVC)

 
Funding Helps Offenders With Co-Occurring Disorders

Application deadline: May 16, 2013
The Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders grant awards funds to provide treatment for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders in prisons and jails and to provide recovery support services, reentry planning and programming, and postrelease treatment and aftercare programming in the community through the completion of parole or court supervision. (BJA)

 
Funding Improves Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners

Application deadline: June 10, 2013
OVC is seeking applications for Bridging the Gap in Victim-Related Research to Practice. One cooperative agreement of $750,000 will be awarded to conduct an assessment of victim service providers to ascertain their level of awareness and knowledge about the benefits of social science research and program evaluation for their work with victims of crime. (OVC)

 
Funding Provides Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Application deadline: June 10, 2013
OVC is seeking applications to support services to victims of human trafficking throughout the United States. This program will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing trauma-informed, culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. (OVC)

 
Grant Available to Evaluate Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative

Application Deadline: June 8, 2013
NIJ seeks proposals for the Evaluation of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative. The goal of this solicitation is to fund a high-quality evaluation to assess the process and outcomes of homicide prevention programs within and across up to six sites. (NIJ)

 
Grant Provides Funds for Indigent Defense Systems

Application deadline: May 6, 2013
Through the Answering Gideon’s Call: National Assistance To Improve the Effectiveness of Right to Counsel Services solicitation, BJA is seeking applicants to engage in a broad range of activities to improve the quality of representation of indigent defendants and ensure professional and ongoing technical assistance to the indigent defense bar. (BJA)

 
Holistic Defense Grant Awardees Announced

The BJA-funded Center for Holistic Defense announces its 2013 Grant Awardees. The Center chose six public defender offices to receive its training and technical assistance grants in 2013. Grantees will receive 8 months of step-by-step guidance and concrete assistance in the practice of holistic defense. (BJA)

 
Ideas Sought for Countering Radicalization to Violent Extremism

Application Deadline: June 5, 2013
NIJ seeks proposals for Research and Evaluation on Radicalization to Violent Extremism in the United States. The goal of this research is to aid state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies and their attendant communities in implementing programs that prevent or counter radicalization to violent extremism. (NIJ)

 
National TeleNursing Center Seeks National Pilot Sites

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is developing a National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center. MDPH has issued a Request for Response (RFR) for three sites serving rural, tribal, and corrections populations to partner with the center. Enter 305918 in the Search by Keyword field on the Comm-PASS Web site to review the RFR. (OVC)

 
Reducing the Backlog of DNA Casework

Application deadline: May 13, 2013
The goal of the DNA Backlog Reduction Program is to help eligible states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories reduce the turnaround time to process DNA samples, increase the capacity of public DNA laboratories, and reduce DNA casework backlogs. (NIJ)

 
Research Needed on Offender Decision-Making Process

Application Deadline: June 17, 2013
With its Research on Offender Decision-Making grant, NIJ seeks to expand the existing research by examining the process of adult offenders’ decision to offend. NIJ requests proposals that either expand the rational choice model or use other theories (e.g., behavioral economics, business models, psychology, or cognitive models) or both. (NIJ)

 
Research Needed on White Collar Crime

Application deadline: June 19, 2013
Proposals are sought for Research and Evaluation on White Collar Crime (WCC), to improve public safety and advance the administration of criminal justice. Applicants must justify the merit of their proposal by describing how it will enhance the WCC knowledge base, address existing research gaps, or contribute to promising prevention or intervention practices in the area of WCC. (NIJ)

 
Sex Offender Management Fellowship Program Solicitation Released

Application Deadline: June 3, 2013
The goal of the Sex Offender Management Fellowship Program is to work on multidisciplinary issues to explore and build a foundation for integrating effective prevention and education programming into sex offender management practices and policies, and to determine the current state of sex offender management programming in Indian Country. (SMART)

 
Solicitation Available for SCAAP Funds

Application deadline: May 13, 2013
Applicants are sought for the FY 2013 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)

 
Solicitation Funds Two Vision 21 Fellowships

Application deadline: June 10, 2013
OVC is seeking applications for the Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program—Vision 21 Fellowships. This announcement is for two distinct fellowships: the Legal Assistance Fellowship and the Strategic Engagement Fellowship. Up to $135,000 is available for each fellowship, with no more than $95,000 to be allocated for salary. The Legal Assistance Fellowship is open only to attorneys. (OVC)

 
Tribal Alcohol and Substance Abuse TTA Needed

Application Deadline: May 30, 2013
Through the Tribal Courts Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance solicitation, BJA is seeking TTA providers with demonstrated expertise in assisting tribal jurisdictions with developing and managing culturally relevant subject matter curricula. (BJA)

 
Publications
 
Affordable Care Act Has Impact on Criminal Justice

"The Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice: Intersections and Implications" (NCJ 241740, 21 pp.), a white paper from BJA, highlights the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have direct and indirect implications for criminal justice. (BJA)

 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The April issue of "Justice Today" features an article about the Mortgage Fraud Virtual Conference held April 10, 2013. Other articles discuss the upcoming "Implementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity: Replicating Evidence-Based Practices" Webinar, the "Smarter Sentencing to Reduce Recidivism" regional training, and information on the Pretrial Justice Institute. (BJA)

 
Defending Childhood Task Force Report Available

Print copies of the "Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence" are now available. The Attorney General commissioned this report as part of the Defending Childhood Initiative. It details the recommendations of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and is a blueprint for reducing the impact of trauma on children who witness or experience violence. (OJJDP) copy

 
March/April OJJDP News @ a Glance Released

"OJJDP News @ a Glance, March/April 2013" has been released. This issue’s lead story highlights defense attorney Robert L. Listenbee’s assumption of the leadership of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in March 2013 and more. (OJJDP)

 
Report Assesses Juveniles’ Access to Counsel in Missouri

The National Juvenile Defender Center has released "Missouri: Justice Rationed—An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Juvenile Defense Representation in Delinquency Proceedings." The report discusses youth access to qualified counsel in Missouri, highlights promising practices and programs, and concludes with recommendations to improve the state’s juvenile defense delivery system. (OJJDP)

 
Report Discusses Justice Reinvestment Strategies

"Lessons from the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs Through Justice Reinvestment" (NCJ 241794, 10 pp.), sponsored by BJA, highlights 17 states that have cut corrections costs while reducing recidivism and improving public safety. (BJA)

 
Online Resources
 
Corrections Resource Available

This year, National Correctional Officers’ Week is being held May 5-11. During this time, visit NCJRS’s Correctional Resources Special Feature for materials and related sites that focus on corrections equipment and technology, the health and safety of personnel, staff training, and violence in facilities. (NCJRS)

 
National Police Week is May 12-18

In recognition of National Police Week, NCJRS invites you to view the Law Enforcement Resources Special Feature. Contained in this online feature are publications and resources that focus on matters of interest and importance to law enforcement personnel, including officer safety and well-being, police equipment and technology, grant and funding resources, and training programs and opportunities. (NCJRS)

 
New Multimedia Resource on Wrongful Conviction Available

NIJ has added "Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research and Implications for Law Enforcement" to its list of available multimedia resources. In this presentation, Jon Gould, Ph.D., and John R. Firman discuss findings from a study on wrongful convictions and the implications for law enforcement. (NIJ)

 
Recorded Webinar Discusses Drug Court Grantee Resources

BJA, in collaboration with Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance providers, facilitated the first grantee orientation and resources webinar on April 3, 2013. The "Drug Court Grantee Orientation and Resources Broadcast" provides an overview of BJA’s strategic plan as it relates to the drug court discretionary grant program and reviews useful resources to improve service delivery. (BJA)

 
Webinar Addresses Human Trafficking

On May 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, USAonwatch.org will host What do Property Managers and Watch groups have to do with Human Trafficking? This Webinar discusses how apartment communities and their employees in watch groups are in a position to uncover and identify human trafficking within their neighborhoods, simply by communicating with their residents. (BJA)

 
Webinar To Explore Juvenile Justice System/Family Partnerships

On May 8, 2013, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP’s National Center for Youth in Custody will present the Webinar "Family Comes First: Transforming the Justice System by Partnering With Families." During the Webinar, presenters will discuss findings from the forthcoming Campaign for Youth Justice study of best practices in family/system partnerships. (OJJDP)

 
Workshop To Address Next Generation Technologies

RTI International, with funding from NIJ, is offering "Technology Transition Workshop: A DNA Revolution—Next Generation Technologies." The goal of this workshop is to disseminate new and innovative technical and scientific knowledge on next generation DNA sequencing technologies to forensic laboratory practitioners. The workshop will take place May 21-23, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (NIJ)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Attend Degraded DNA Seminar

RTI International, with funding from NIJ, is offering the Web-based seminar "Tarnished Gold Standard: Limited Quantity and Degraded DNA—Part I." This seminar will include presentations by Brian Kemp and Angie Ambers. Presentation topics include research on ancient and degraded DNA, and the role of DNA repair and whole genome applications in forensic samples. The seminar will take place on May 7, 14, and 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. ET. (NIJ)

 
Forensic Science Training Available for Legal Professionals

West Virginia University, with support from NIJ, is offering the Applications of Forensic Science for the Legal Professional Webinar series. Upcoming Webinars include "Texas Forensic Science Commission: Justice Through Science," to be held on May 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. ET, and "What Prosecutors and Defense Counsel Need to Know About Eyewitnesses," to be held June 11, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. ET. (NIJ)

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