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Announcements

AG Announces $2.5 Million to Connecticut Law Enforcement for Costs Related to Sandy Hook School Shootings   
On August 28, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that BJA will provide $2.5 million in funding to the Connecticut State Police, the Newtown, Connecticut, Police Department, and their partner agencies that provided assistance in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

Tribal TTA Is Available   
BJA is pleased to announce that training and technical assistance (TTA)—through the American Probation and Parole Association in partnership with the Tribal Judicial Institute and the National Tribal Judicial Center—is available for tribal indigent defense and the Tribal Law and Order Act’s Enhanced Sentencing Authority & Assumption of Federal Criminal Jurisdiction.

New APPA Publication for Tribal Probation Personnel   
With BJA support, the American Probation & Parole Association has released "Risk-Needs Responsivity: Turning Principles into Practice for Tribal Probation Personnel." This bulletin provides a brief introduction to the risk, need, and responsivity principles espoused in the evidenced-based principles for community supervision. Further, guidance is provided on how tribal probation officers can incorporate the premise behind each principle into everyday practice.

New RAND Report Shows Prison Education Reduces Recidivism, Saves Money & Improves Employment   
Attorney General Holder and Secretary of Education Duncan announced research findings showing that, on average, inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not. The BJA-funded report, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults, was released by the RAND Corporation.

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 (PRC) has added a new web page dedicated to information and guidance on PREA audits, including information on how to apply to become a DOJ-certified PREA Auditor.

AG Holder Announces “Smart on Crime” Approach at ABA 2013 Annual Meeting   

On August 12, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. "Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them," said Attorney General Holder.

Funding

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Publications

Compstat: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies (NCJ 243217), BJA-Sponsored, August 2013. This report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) traces the history, evolution, and future of Compstat. It is based on a PERF survey of law enforcement agencies, a national conference in which police executives described their experiences with Compstat, and PERF site visits to police departments across the country.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults (NCJ 243309), BJA-Sponsored, August 2013. Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this RAND Corporation report presents results of a meta-analysis that was conducted to examine the association between correctional education and reductions in recidivism, improvements in employment after release from prison, and learning in math and in reading.
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Risk-Needs Responsivity: Turning Principles into Practice for Tribal Probation Personnel (NCJ 243310), BJA-Sponsored, August 2013. This bulletin provided a brief introduction to the risk, need, and responsivity principles espoused in the evidenced-based principles for community supervision. Guidance is also provided on how tribal probation officers can incorporate the premise behind each principle into everyday practice.
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The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States (NCJ 243201), BJA-Sponsored, July 2013. This policy brief describes the experiences of 17 states participating in Justice Reinvestment Initiative efforts.
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A Statewide Evaluation of New York's Adult Drug Courts: Identifying Which Policies Work Best(NCJ 243269), BJA-Sponsored, June 2013. This evaluation of 86 drug courts across New York State explains which court policies and practices lead to the greatest impacts.
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Events

International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigator's Association (IOMGIA) 39th Annual Training Conference
September 8-13, 2013
St. Paul, Minnesota

International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) Research Conference
September 9-12, 2013
Reno, Nevada

2013 National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) Conference
September 10-12, 2013
San Diego, California

2013 International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) Training Conference
September 16-20, 2013
Columbus, Ohio

The National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards: Confidentiality, Ethics, and the Law
September 17, 2013
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Court Technology Conference 2013
September 17-19, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

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Topics

BJA is committed to many initiatives that we hope will bring positive changes and help each of our partners in the field. Listed below are the topical areas of focus for BJA.

Adjudication
Prosecutors, judges, and court personnel are looking for new approaches to adjudicating offenders that will not only clear cases and decrease dockets, but also lower recidivism.

Corrections
Supervising offenders in the community and preparing offenders for their return to their communities are critical to protecting public safety.

Counter-Terrorism
BJA recognizes that it is the job of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to bring terrorists to justice, but we also believe that every citizen can play a vital part in helping to prevent terrorism.

Crime Prevention
Preventing crime involves not only making sure that our homes are secure and that we take precautions to be safe, it also means working with law enforcement to look out for the safety of our neighbors and other community members.

Justice Information Sharing
While the sharing of information must be the responsibility of criminal justice agencies, at BJA we are committed to providing the resources and assistance needed to make it as easy as possible.

Law Enforcement
At BJA, we respect the choice of law enforcement officers to dedicate themselves to serving their communities. We believe that we must honor their service by doing everything possible to provide them with the support, resources, and training they need to meet the needs of their communities.

Mental Health
BJA supports a variety of programs and activities aimed at improving the criminal justice system's response to people with mental illness.

Substance Abuse
BJA supports a variety of efforts addressing substance abuse and the associated dangers, including treatment services.

Tribal Justice
BJA is committed to preventing and controlling crime, violence, and substance abuse and improving the functioning of criminal justice systems in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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