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October 1, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 19 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 Become a Certified PREA Auditor (BJA)
 Comments Sought for Grant Program Proposed Regulation (OVC)
 Measuring Costs and Benefits of SORNA (NIJ)
 October Is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (OJJDP)
 OJJDP Awards Grants To Reduce Youth Violence (OJJDP)
 OVC Announces 2014 NCVRW Theme and Colors (OVC)
 Participate in NIJ's Communications Challenge (NIJ)
 Sign Up for NCVRW Guide and Poster (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 2014 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding Available (OVC)
 Partnership for Freedom Issues Innovation Challenge (OVC)
Publications
 AMBER Alert Newsletter Discusses Impact of FCC Changes (OJP)
 Child Abuse and Neglect Discussed in Report (OJJDP)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Police Quarterly Focuses on Smart Policing (BJA)
 Preventing Youth From Joining Gangs (NIJ)
 Report Details Requests for Police Assistance (BJS)
 Report Examines Police Behavior During Traffic Stops (BJS)
 Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Report/Video Available (OJJDP)
  Updated Crime Scene Investigation Guide Available (BJA and NIJ)
 White Paper Discusses Reentry and Employment Strategies (BJA)
Online Resources
 New Practices Added to CrimeSolutions.gov (NIJ)
  Webinar To Discuss Archiving of NIJ Data (NIJ)
Conferences and Trainings
 Attend BJA's Town Hall at IACP Conference (BJA)
 Join NIJ at IACP Conference (NIJ)
 OVC Offers Training by Request (OVC)
 Registration Open for Family Law Institute (OJJDP)
 Smarter Sentencing Video Series Available (BJA)

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Announcements
 
Become a Certified PREA Auditor

DOJ and BJA are seeking applications from qualified individuals who are interested in becoming certified as Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) auditors. DOJ will train and certify selected individuals to conduct PREA audits using the PREA audit instrument. Submit applications online. (BJA)

 
Comments Sought for Grant Program Proposed Regulation

OVC is seeking comments on a proposed regulation for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. The proposed regulation is posted to Regulations.gov for a 60-day comment period, ending October 28, 2013. Your comments will help ensure that VOCA-funded services are high quality and are accessible to every crime victim. (OVC)

 
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)

 
October Is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

The Office of National Drug Control Policy, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, encourages youth, families, schools, and businesses to participate in the month-long observance by promoting substance abuse prevention programs and activities in their communities. (OJJDP)

 
OJJDP Awards Grants To Reduce Youth Violence

OJJDP announced more than $8 million in awards to six sites nationwide. The grants will support the sites as they replicate proven programs to reduce youth violence, specifically gun and gang violence. (OJJDP)

 
OVC Announces 2014 NCVRW Theme and Colors

The theme for next year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.” NCVRW will be observed April 6-12, 2014. Next year’s color palette is cornflower blue (PMS 285) and black. (OVC)

 
Participate in NIJ’s Communications Challenge

NIJ’s Delivering Mission Critical Voice Communications for Law Enforcement and Public Safety Responders in the COTS LTE Environment Challenge seeks innovative solutions to providing mission-critical voice communications services for law enforcement and other public safety responders within the LTE environment using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. The application deadline is January 17, 2014. (NIJ)

 
Sign Up for NCVRW Guide and Poster

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 6-12, 2014. Sign up to receive a free copy of the 2014 NCVRW Resource Guide and theme poster. Subscribers will also receive announcements and updates regarding the 2014 NCVRW. (OVC)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
2014 NCVRW Community Awareness Project Funding Available

Application deadline: October 16, 2013
The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, through a grant from OVC, is seeking proposals for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 6-12, 2014. For more information and an application, visit the NCVRW Community Awareness Projects Web site. (OVC)

 
Partnership for Freedom Issues Innovation Challenge

Application deadline: November 17, 2013
The Partnership for Freedom, which was launched September 16, 2013, is seeking solutions for its first innovation competition, Reimagine: Opportunity. This competition is dedicated to improving the infrastructure of support for survivors of modern-day slavery. You can participate in this competition by putting together your team, formulating your idea, and submitting your application. (OVC)

 
Publications
 
AMBER Alert Newsletter Discusses Impact of FCC Changes

The latest issue of "The AMBER Advocate" (NCJ 243597, 8 pp.) features an article about how Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changes may impact AMBER Alerts in some western states. Other articles provide a profile of Wisconsin’s AMBER Alert Coordinator, Susan Whitehorse, and discuss how citizens responded to an early morning AMBER Alert in Ohio. (OJP)

 
Child Abuse and Neglect Discussed in Report

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released “New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research.” The report examines research findings on child abuse and neglect and the effectiveness of intervention programs. It also provides recommendations for establishing a coordinated national infrastructure to support future child abuse and neglect research. (OJJDP)

 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The September issue of “Justice Today” features an article about the search for applicants to become certified PREA auditors. Other articles discuss BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center, the Law Enforcement Forecasting Group, and the launch of the smarter sentencing instructional video series. (BJA)

 
Police Quarterly Focuses on Smart Policing

The September 2013 issue of Police Quarterly is dedicated to the subject of smart policing. Articles include “Introducing Smart Policing: Foundations, Principles, and Practice” and “Operation LASER and the Effectiveness of Hotspot Patrol: A Panel Analysis.” (BJA)

 
Preventing Youth From Joining Gangs

Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership” (NCJ 239234,166 pp.), a publication from NIJ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Executive Summary (NCJ 239233, 20 pp.), seeks to help policymakers and practitioners understand what the research says about making significant and lasting reductions in youth gang activity. (NIJ)

 
Report Details Requests for Police Assistance

Requests for Police Assistance, 2011” (NCJ 242938, 12 pp.) examines the characteristics and experiences of persons age 16 or older who contacted police to request assistance in 2011. (BJS)

 
Report Examines Police Behavior During Traffic Stops

Police Behavior during Traffic and Street Stops, 2011” (NCJ 242937, 22 pp.) examines the characteristics and experiences of persons age 16 or older who were stopped by police during traffic and street stops, and their perceptions of police behavior and response during these encounters. (BJS)

 
Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Report/Video Available

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.” This OJJDP-sponsored report examines current approaches addressing commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, identifies causes and consequences for both victims and offenders, and highlights recommendations to respond to these crimes. An accompanying online video is also available. (OJJDP)

 
Updated Crime Scene Investigation Guide Available

BJA, in partnership with NIJ, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Forensic Science Technology Center, have released the updated “Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement” (NCJ 243598, 180 pp.). The guide, previously published in January 2000, provides detailed, step-by-step guidance to lead law enforcement through this first phase of the criminal justice process. (BJA and NIJ)

 
White Paper Discusses Reentry and Employment Strategies

The BJA-sponsored white paper “Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness” (NCJ 243628, 76 pp.) provides a new tool that can be used as a starting point for cross-system collaborations to reduce reincarceration and unemployment among adults with criminal histories. (BJA)

 
Online Resources
 
New Practices Added to CrimeSolutions.gov

CrimeSolutions.gov has recently launched the “All Programs & Practices Module.” This resource provides users with evidence drawn from meta-analyses, a social science method in which multiple evaluations of similar programs are scientifically combined to render findings about what kinds of programs and practices are effective. (NIJ)

 
Webinar To Discuss Archiving of NIJ Data

On October 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, NIJ will host "Archiving NIJ Data at NACJD." This Webinar will provide an overview of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) system. Checklists and guidelines to help grantees prepare and enter their data will be supplied. (NIJ)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Attend BJA’s Town Hall at IACP Conference

The Law Enforcement Forecaster Town Hall Listening Session will be held October 20, 2013, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference. This session will give police chiefs the opportunity to inform BJA and OJP about the needs of local law enforcement. (BJA)

 
Join NIJ at IACP Conference

Join NIJ on October 19, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the all-day session “What Works and What Matters in Policing” at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. Participants will learn about increasing firearms safety, ways to reduce officer deaths from traffic-related accidents, possibilities for the legal and effective use of small unmanned aircraft, and law enforcement's role in avoiding wrongful convictions. (NIJ)

 
OVC Offers Training by Request

Gather a group of allied professionals serving crime victims in your area, arrange a meeting space, and select a training of your choice from a wide array of topics. The trainers and materials come directly to you at no cost. Learn more about Training by Request. (OVC)

 
Registration Open for Family Law Institute

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is accepting registrations for its Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers. To be held March 2-5, 2014, in Monterey, California, the institute will provide attendees with information and tools to improve case processing and outcomes for victims, youth, and families. (OJJDP)

 
Smarter Sentencing Video Series Available

The Smarter Sentencing Instructional Video Series, funded by BJA, provides perspectives on smarter sentencing directly from practitioners who are working in local criminal justice systems. (BJA)

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