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2012-05-23 10:24:26

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Melodee Hanes, Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, today announced the release of a new guide, AMBER Alert Best Practices, to enhance the ability of law enforcement, child protection officials and other partners to safely recover missing and abducted children. Ms. Hanes announced the guide at the annual National Missing Children's Day commemoration held in the Department's Great Hall. Through...

2012-05-22 06:23:24

Three Day Conference begins Tuesday, May 22 WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Eric Holder today opened the first of the three-day Second Chances and Safer Communities Conference meeting, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to engage experts, researchers, federal officials and grantees on the topic of reentry programs, policies, technical assistance and best practices. "The Department of Justice's commitment to being not just smart, but also...

2012-05-17 06:22:58

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released new results from data collected from a multi-site evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). SVORI is a federal initiative that funds a number of locally-designed juvenile and adult reentry programs throughout the United States. Reentry programming and services are designed to facilitate offenders' transition from...

2012-05-14 14:21:51

The following post appears courtesy of Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, as we honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are reminded that last year was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement in recent memory. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 177 officers died in the line of duty. For the first time ever,...

2012-05-11 02:22:54

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Office of Justice Programs: OJJDP'S Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice Meeting Today-Acting Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, Office of Justice Programs, and Acting Administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Melodee Hanes chaired the quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Council, whose membership...

2012-05-10 06:22:55

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently released a study that evaluated the use of global positioning systems (GPS) technology to monitor high-risk sex offenders on parole in California. Offenders in the GPS group demonstrated significantly better outcomes than offenders who were monitored in traditional ways. The evaluation showed that risk for a sex-related violation was nearly...

2012-04-25 06:23:41

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. jail inmate population declined for a third consecutive year, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. From June 2010 to June 2011, the jail inmate population declined 1.8 percent, dropping to 735,601 from 748,728. Local jails, unlike prisons, are confinement facilities mainly operated by a local law enforcement agency. Jails typically hold inmates while they await court action or...

2012-04-20 14:20:57

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Eric Holder recognized a Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) director with the National Crime Victim Service Award today at the 2012 annual victim service awards ceremony, a prelude to the nation's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 22-28, 2012. "This year's 12 awardees have touched, improved and even saved lives. Perhaps most impressively, many of today's award recipients have achieved these...

2012-04-20 14:20:43

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Commissioner Dora Schriro, from the New York City Department of Correction, with the Allied Professional Award today at the 2012 annual victims' service awards ceremony, a prelude to the nation's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 22-28, 2012. "This year's 12 awardees have touched, improved and even saved lives. Perhaps most impressively, many of today's award recipients have...

2012-04-20 14:20:40

The following post appears courtesy of Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). WASHINGTON, APRIL 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This afternoon, as I stood with Attorney General Eric Holder and my colleague Joye Frost at the National Crime Victims' Service awards ceremony, I felt both humbled and proud. Humbled by the stories of courage and perseverance told by the recipients of this year's Service Awards, and proud of the persistent work...