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September 1, 2013 •  Volume 19, Number 17 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 ABA Supports Task Force Recommendations (BJA and OJJDP)
 Comments Sought for Grant Program Proposed Regulation (OVC)
 Forensic DNA Analysis Will Help Identify Remains (NIJ)
 Implementing SORNA in Tribal Communities (SMART)
 MacArthur Foundation Announces Funding of Partnership (OJJDP)
 Submit Nominations for Crime Victims' Service Awards (OVC)
Publications
 Addressing Risk-Needs Responsivity for Tribal Probation Personnel (BJA)
 Article Discusses Community Corrections Management Tool (NIJ)
 BJS Waives Shipping Costs for Select Items (BJS)
 Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released (BJA)
 Day Reporting Centers Do Not Reduce Recidivism (NIJ)
 July/August OJJDP News @ a Glance Released (OJJDP)
 Latest Issue of Research Report Digest Released (NIJ)
 Report Details Tribal Data Collection Activities (BJS)
 Report Shows That Prison Education Reduces Recidivism (BJA)
 Resources Available for Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (OJJDP)
Online Resources
 Forum Discusses Investigation of Sexual Violence (NIJ)
  Information Available for DNA Backlog Program Grantees (NIJ)
 Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Adds New Topic (OJJDP)
 New Information Available on PREA Audits (BJA)
 NIJ Plans To Fund Sentinel Event Research (NIJ)
 Participate in Webinar on Mortgage Fraud Victimization (OVC)
 Watch Video of Fingerprint Fundamentals Webinar (NIJ)
 Web Forum Discusses Preparation for Community Crisis (OVC)
 Webinar To Address Child Sex Trafficking Victims (OJJDP)
 Webinar To Discuss Conditions for Confined Youth (OJJDP)
Conferences and Trainings
 Drug Court Training Available for Law Enforcement (BJA)
 Financial Assistance Available To Attend Trainings (OVC)
 TTA Available for Tribal Indigent Defense (BJA)

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Announcements
 
ABA Supports Task Force Recommendations

On August 12, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the American Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting. During the meeting, the ABA House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution supporting the implementation of the 56 policy recommendations set forth in the “Report of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.” (BJA and OJJDP)

 
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)

 
Forensic DNA Analysis Will Help Identify Remains

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. (NIJ)

 
Implementing SORNA in Tribal Communities

Although implementing the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) created challenges for tribal nations, its enactment created opportunities for those tribes to enhance their criminal justice systems and expand their information-sharing capacities both internally and externally. Since September 2012, 16 tribes have substantially implemented SORNA within their communities. (SMART)

 
MacArthur Foundation Announces Funding of Partnership

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its commitment of an additional $15 million to juvenile justice reform, part of which will establish the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. The Partnership will fund four resource centers that are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2013. (OJJDP)

 
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
 
Addressing Risk-Needs Responsivity for Tribal Probation Personnel
The American Probation & Parole Association, with BJA 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. (BJA)
 
Article Discusses Community Corrections Management Tool

“New Tool Will Manage Community Corrections ... and Beyond” (NCJ 243275, 2 pp.) discusses how the Philadelphia Adult Parole and Probation Department worked with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania to develop and test a statistics-based risk assessment tool. The tool shows promise for identifying probationers who are likely to commit violent offenses within 2 years of returning to the community. (NIJ)

 
BJS Waives Shipping Costs for Select Items

For a limited time, the Bureau of Justice Statistics is waiving shipping costs for select publications in its inventory. Browse the collection and take advantage of this special offer. Quantities are limited, and free shipping ends September 20, 2013. (BJS)

 
Current Issue of BJA Newsletter Released

The August issue of “Justice Today” features an article about the recently held National Criminal Justice Association National Forum. Other articles discuss BJA’s partnership with the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Committee, BJA’s Campus Safety Initiatives, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program. (BJA)

 
Day Reporting Centers Do Not Reduce Recidivism

"Day Reporting Centers in New Jersey: No Evidence of Reduced Recidivism” (NCJ 243274, 2 pp.) 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. In addition, the traditional program costs less than the day reporting centers. (NIJ)

 
July/August OJJDP News @ a Glance Released

OJJDP News @ a Glance, July/August 2013” has been released. This issue of OJJDP’s bimonthly newsletter highlights a presentation by members of the National Research Council on an OJJDP-funded report that reviews recent advances in behavioral and neuroscience research and discusses the implications of this knowledge for juvenile justice reform. (OJJDP)

 
Latest Issue of Research Report Digest Released

NIJ has released the 11th issue of its “Research Report Digest,” an online publication that provides brief descriptions of studies in various criminal justice disciplines (such as crime, violence, and forensic sciences) along with evaluations of technologies that are used in the law enforcement and corrections fields. (NIJ)

 
Report Details Tribal Data Collection Activities

BJS has released “Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2013” (NCJ 242584, 8 pp.). This report describes BJS activities to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. (BJS)

 
Report Shows That Prison Education Reduces Recidivism

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults” (NCJ 243309, 113 pp.), funded by BJA, shows that correctional education reduces postrelease recidivism and does so cost-effectively. This bulletin also finds that correctional education may increase postrelease employment. (BJA)

 
Resources Available for Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws

OJJDP’s Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center has released the August issue of “Resource Alert,” an online brief that provides current information and research findings on underage drinking. (OJJDP)

 
Online Resources
 
Forum Discusses Investigation of Sexual Violence

RTI International, with funding from NIJ, is offering “Investigating Sexual Violence - Emerging Solutions and Best Practices.” This Policy and Practices Forum will convene experienced and knowledgeable subject-matter experts in various fields contributing to the investigation and processing of cases involving sexual violence. The forum will be held September 19, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. ET in Washington, DC. (NIJ)

 
Information Available for DNA Backlog Program Grantees

DNA Backlog Reduction Program applicants and grantees will find recommended documents, guidance, quick guides, and answers to frequently asked questions at NIJ’s Backlogs of Forensic DNA Evidence Web page. (NIJ)

 
Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Adds New Topic

Developed by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub provides timely, indepth information on juvenile justice issues and trends. The Hub recently added a section on community-based alternatives for youth involved in the justice system. (OJJDP)

 
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. (BJA)

 
NIJ Plans To Fund Sentinel Event Research

In fiscal year 2014, NIJ is planning to fund research on the challenges of criminal justice "system errors" and the role of "sentinel events" to implement a forward-thinking, nonblaming, all-stakeholders approach to improving the functioning of the justice system. Learn more at NIJ’s “Sentinel Events” and Criminal Justice Systems Web page. (NIJ)

 
Participate in Webinar on Mortgage Fraud Victimization

On September 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, the National Crime Prevention Council, with funding from OVC, will conduct a Webinar on loan modification scams. The Webinar will discuss resources to empower homeowners to protect themselves against loan modification scams, find trusted help, and report illegal activity to authorities. Registration is available online. (OVC)

 
Watch Video of Fingerprint Fundamentals Webinar

A video of “Fingerprint Fundamentals for the Legal Professional” is now available. The Webinar, presented by the West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative with funding from NIJ, will help attorneys understand the latent print process from the crime scene to the courtroom. (NIJ)

 
Web Forum Discusses Preparation for Community Crisis

On September 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on best practices for preparing and assessing strategically for community crisis. Join Virginia “Ginger” Bankston Bailey and Lori Gerber for the live discussion. View their biographies and submit questions for discussion. (OVC)

 
Webinar To Address Child Sex Trafficking Victims

On September 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in cooperation with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the National Girls Institute, will host the Webinar “Child Trafficking, Girls, and Detention: A Call to Reform.” Presenters will share information about arrests of victims of domestic child sex trafficking for prostitution-related offenses, and more. (OJJDP)

 
Webinar To Discuss Conditions for Confined Youth

On September 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET, the National Center for Youth in Custody will present the Webinar “Putting It All Together: How Juvenile Facilities Can Create and Sustain Improved Conditions for Youth.” Presenters will discuss how to provide consistently safe, secure, humane, and therapeutic environments for confined youth. (OJJDP)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
Drug Court Training Available for Law Enforcement

The National Drug Court Institute, with BJA support, has launched a new online training designed for law enforcement officers working in drug court programs. “The Beat: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Drug Courts” is an indepth, self-paced course designed to educate law enforcement officers about drug court programs and the role law enforcement plays on the drug court team. (BJA)

 
Financial Assistance Available To Attend Trainings

The Office for Victims of Crime offers professional development scholarships to those who work with victims of crime. Scholarships can be applied toward expenses for travel and per diem and for training fees or tuition. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit the OVC TTAC Web site. (OVC)

 
TTA Available for Tribal Indigent Defense

Training and technical assistance (TTA) is available to help federally recognized American Indian tribes address identified gaps in justice-related training and implementation of specific provisions in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Web page includes instructions on how to request technical assistance. (BJA)

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