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2014-01-10 20:22:21

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is hosting an open session Jan. 14 to encourage the innovation of software applications that employ freely available government data to advance public safety. Following the Safety Datapalooza, the open session encourages innovators from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors to discuss the development of ultra-high-speed software applications to be used to...

2014-01-09 08:21:59

New high-performance vests offer lightest-weight and highest-performing NIJ .06 Level II and IIIA ballistic systems on the market POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Blank Enterprises Inc., the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, today unveiled the first-of-its-kind Alpha Elite(TM) Series NIJ Level II and IIIA tactical and concealable body-armor systems. After providing a sneak peak of the technology earlier this year,...

2013-12-13 16:23:04

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced the release of Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012-- Myths vs. Reality. The "Special Report" is an update to the original 2009 and 2010 publications and is based on data collected from more than 120 public laboratories that receive NIJ grants. It provides a more complete and accurate picture of DNA backlogs than previous editions because all laboratories now report data using...

2013-11-21 16:20:40

More NIJ Challenges are Underway WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that a team from Purdue University's school of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering won the first public competition challenge offered by the U.S. Department of Justice. The team received a $25,000 prize for proposing a concept for testing the viability of in-service body armor called the Vibration Energy Signature Test (VEST). While very...

2013-10-28 12:24:51

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is introducing new enhancements to the evidence-based information dissemination tool, CrimeSolutions.gov. With over 270 program profiles, CrimeSolutions.gov provides users the ability to quickly assess program effectiveness based on rigorous social science evaluations. "CrimeSolutions.gov is our primary resource for information about the effectiveness of...

2013-09-09 08:32:10

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In keeping with President Obama's Digital Government Strategy, the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to twenty years of OJP Grant Awards Data (1993 - 2013) in open, machine-readable formats, including current-year grant awards data that is updated daily. "With OJP's second API release this year, we are re-affirming our commitment...

2013-08-28 04:21:34

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announced a $423,528 grant award to the University of South Florida (USF) to assist in the investigation of missing and unidentified children (ages 6-18 years) who died under unexplained circumstances and were buried in unmarked graves at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. The objectives of this grant are to perform DNA testing...

2013-08-22 12:25:18

******PUBLICATION ADVISORY****** WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2013, which describes BJS activities to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act, 2010. The report summarizes BJS's efforts in 2013 to implement an Indian Country Justice Statistics Task Force, develop a survey of all...

2013-07-18 12:24:00

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the technical report Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2013, which describes the formulas used to allocate state and local JAG awards in FY 2013. The JAG program was created in 2005 when Congress merged the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant (Byrne) program with the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) program. The JAG program provides funding for law...

2013-07-17 12:27:03

Advanced DNA Technologies Help Bring Closure to Victim's Families LORTON, Va., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, announced today their award of a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) titled, "Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing." The NIJ grant will fund the nuclear (STR) and mitochondrial DNA testing of unidentified human remains and/or family reference samples from state and local...