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Pretrial Research Summaries:

For statistical information, go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) web site.

Register for the National Forum on Criminal Justice

Register now for the National Forum on Criminal Justice, occurring August 10-13, 2014, in Breckenridge, CO. This year's theme is "Integrating Research, Policy and Technology to Improve Safety." Register or view the agenda.

Criminal Justice/Mental Health Collaboration Learning Sites Program

In partnership with BJA, the CSG Justice Center is seeking applicants for the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Collaboration Learning Sites Program. This program is designed to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with successful collaborations between the criminal justice and mental health systems in the areas of pretrial, community corrections, and court-based programs (e.g., mental health court) that are willing to share their expertise with the field. Applications are due July 11, 2014.

MOV Nomination Period Is Now Open!

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. Nominate an officer now through the online application system. The MOV nomination period is May 30-July 31, 2014.

OJP Program Plan Released

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has launched a new, searchable online document of current funding opportunities and new initiatives. The OJP Program Plan features the latest and most complete information regarding both competitive and noncompetitive grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community.

Read an Overview of the TCCLA Program

BJA and the National American Indian Court Judges Association have just released "An Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources."

Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism

Reducing recidivism through the application of evidence-based practices was strongly emphasized at the recent American Parole and Probation Association’s annual training institute. BJA Deputy Director Kristen Mahoney and Council of State Governments Justice Center Policy Analyst Laura Zeliger facilitated a workshop on the successes of and principles behind BJA’s Smart Probation: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities Program. During the presentation, practitioners from Wisconsin and California shared their strategies on how to apply conceptual principles to real-world situations.

2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference
Dates: 7/10/2014 - 7/11/2014
Location: Chicago, IL

American Association of Law Libraries 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference
Dates: 7/12/2014 - 7/15/2014
Location: San Antonio, TX

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) 77th Annual Conference
Dates: 7/13/2014 - 7/16/2014
Location: Chicago, IL

National Association for Court Management 2014 Annual Conference
Dates: 7/13/2014 - 7/17/2014
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Cybercop 101: Basic Data Recovery & Analysis (BDRA)
Dates: 7/14/2014 - 7/16/2014
Location: Frankfort, KY

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

Indigent Defense for Homicide Cases (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Indigent defense involves the constitutionally mandated free representation of individuals accused of crimes who are unable to afford private representation. Since 1993, every fifth murder case is sequentially assigned at the preliminary arraignment to be represented by attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Maine Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
Court supervised, post-plea (but pre-final disposition) drug diversion programs that provide comprehensive community-based treatment services to juvenile offenders and their families.

Minneapolis Center for Victim-Offender Mediation
A restorative justice program that provides juvenile offenders and their victims the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the presence of a mediator to discuss the offense and establish a plan for the future.

Adolescent Diversion Project (Michigan State University)
A strengths-based, university-led program that diverts arrested youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system and provides them with community-based services.

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Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components, (NCJ 205621), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2004. This report presents 10 key components that describe the basic elements that characterize effective drug courts.

Fair, Timely, Economical Justice: Achieving Justice Through Effective Caseflow Management, (NCJ 229252), Bureau of Justice Assistance, December 2009. This document invites judges to examine effective caseflow management's benefits and contains six key concepts integral to effective caseflow management.

National Summit on Wrongful Convictions: Building a Systemic Approach to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) gathered 75 subject matter experts to create a national strategy to prevent and reduce wrongful convictions.

Improving Witness Safety and Preventing Witness Intimidation in the Justice System: Benchmarks for Progress, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This resource includes tools that are intended to provide criminal justice leaders with concrete guidance to implement best practices in providing for victim and witness safety.

Witness Intimidation: Meeting the Challenge, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This monograph is intended to help allied professionals understand the issues presented by witness intimidation and to guide them in best practices to prevent its occurrence and to respond effectively when it does occur.

Justice Reinvestment: A Toolkit for Local Leaders, This toolkit is designed to present an overview of the justice reinvestment process to local leaders who have both an understanding of the different agencies in the criminal justice system and some executive authority over the programmatic, policy, and/or fiscal operations of at least one local criminal justice agency.

Criminal Justice Planner's Toolkit for Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level, This toolkit is designed to provide planners of a local justice reinvestment initiative with the technical information to identify drivers of local criminal justice system costs and to design strategies addressing those drivers.

Program Performance Report: Enhancement Grantees of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program - Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Report, October 2011-September 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report examines data entered into the Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) for October 2011–September 2012 (FY 2012) for enhancement grants and sub-grants awarded in fiscal years 2008–2011.

Program Performance Report: Implementation Grantees of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program - Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Report, October 2011-September 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report examines data entered into the Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) for October 2011–September 2012 (FY 2012) for implementation grants awarded in fiscal years 2008–2011.

Program Performance Report: Enhancement Grantees of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program, April-June 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report examines data entered into the Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) for April–June 2012 for enhancement grants awarded in fiscal years 2008–2011.

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