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2011-06-22 11:00:00

A One-Stop Shop for Programs that Work in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Crime Victim Services WASHINGTON, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today launched www.crimesolutions.gov. This new website is a central, credible resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. The site includes information on more than 150 justice-related...

2011-06-20 05:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 criminal justice professionals will attend the National Institute of Justice's Annual Conference, Translational Criminology: Shaping Policy and Practice With Research, Monday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 22, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Va. The conference highlights research about crosscutting criminal justice issues and programs. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will deliver a keynote address on...

2011-06-15 10:32:00

******PUBLICATION ADVISORY****** WASHINGTON, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today published the ninth publication from the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, a roundtable managed by Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and funded by NIJ. The Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety brought together police chiefs, union leaders, academics and criminal justice...

2011-05-06 11:56:00

Dead Users Number 10,000 WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of cases in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System's (NamUs) two databases has reached a combined total of more than 15,000 and the number of registered users has grown to 10,000 since NamUs was launched in January 2009. To date, NamUs is credited with resolving 62 of the missing and unidentified person cases in its databases. "Reaching 15,000 cases illustrates the exponential growth of...

2011-05-05 15:19:04

Houston Police Department has 4,000 untested kits Researchers at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Austin will team up with representatives from the criminal justice system in Houston to establish protocols to determine when sexual assault kits need to be tested by crime labs. "This is a problem-solving project that seeks to determine why so many kits are not being tested," said Dr. William Wells, who is leading the research project at Sam Houston State University....

2011-04-14 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released the technical report Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2010. This report describes the formulas used to allocate state and local JAG awards. The Bureau of Justice Assistance administers the JAG program, and BJS calculates the JAG formulas. The JAG program was created when Congress merged the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant (Byrne) program with the Local Law...

2011-02-10 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced the release of Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2010 - Myths vs. Reality. The NIJ "Special Report" is an update to the original 2009 report and presents the latest data from state and local crime laboratories on DNA backlogs. Due in large part to federal funding, the capacity of laboratories to analyze DNA casework has steadily increased. DNA backlogs in...

2011-01-11 13:12:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs today announced the release of an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide. The e-guide provides resources and guidance to support effective Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force operations, including task force formulation and structuring, and strategies and lessons learned from the anti-trafficking field. It also provides a centralized link to trainings and...

2010-12-21 09:05:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs today announced the release of Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program, a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Researchers from the Urban Institute conducted an independent evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program (GRP), a $10 million, multiyear initiative to reduce crime associated with youth street gangs in Los...

2010-12-16 11:56:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs today announced the release of Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs, a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The bulletin presents a compilation of current research on gangs, including research findings on the state of gang problems in the United States today, why youth join gangs, the risk factors and attractions that increase...