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Opening the Black Box of NIBIN
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
July 2014
Professor William R. King, Sam Houston State University
John Risenhoover, NIBIN National Coordinator, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Bill King discusses the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program through which firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare tool marks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene to digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.

Dr. King headed up a team of NIJ-funded researchers that examined the value of NIBIN database "hits" in solving crimes in which firearms are used. He will talk about the team's findings and recommendations for improving the tactical value and the strategic value of the NIBIN program.

Dr. King will be joined by John Risenhoover, NIBIN's national coordinator at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who will discuss how ATF has used the research findings in an effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NIBIN.
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Why Were So Many Sexual Assault Kits Not Tested in Detroit?
April 2014
Interview with Dr. Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Watch Rebecca Campbell discuss the five primary reasons that Detroit developed a large number of sexual assault kits that were not submitted to the crime lab for DNA-testing. Dr. Campbell also talks about how these "risk factors" could apply to other jurisdictions.
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Notifying Sexual Assault Victims When Evidence Is Tested
April 2014
Interview with Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Watch Noël Busch-Armendariz discuss what Houston is learning about the role of notifying sexual assault victims when their rape kits are DNA-tested. In talking about the nationwide implications of the Houston action-research project, Dr. Busch-Armendariz says that the nation is ready to move beyond a focus solely on kit-testing to the larger discussion of how to tackle the complicated issue of sexual assault.
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The Importance of Victim Cooperation in Solving Sexual Assaults
April 2014
Interview with Dr. Bill Wells, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University

Watch Bill Wells discuss the problem of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Houston, including some lessons learned to-date. Dr. Wells also talks about the crucial role of victim cooperation in solving sexual assault cases and the Houston Police Department's hiring of a justice advocate to improve investigations.
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Houston Creates a Hotline, Hires Justice Advocate to Help Solve Sexual Assaults
April 2014
Interview with Caitlin Sulley, University of Texas at Austin

Watch Caitlin Sulley discuss how action-research team in Houston went about making the action-research project in Houston as victim-oriented as possible. Ms. Sulley talks about the creation of a hotline for sexual assault victims to call and the police department's hiring of a justice advocate.
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Consequences of a Prison Record for Employment
February 2014
Interview with Dr. Scott Decker, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Dr. Decker gave a seminar in NIJ's Research for the Real World series about his research on the impact of race, gender and prison records on finding employment.

Before the seminar, we sat down with Dr. Decker for an interview to discuss his findings and their policy implications.

We also recorded Dr. Decker's full presentation Consequences of a Prison Record for Employment: How Do Race, Ethnicity & Gender Factor In?
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Automated Victim Notification: The Landscape in the U.S
January 2014
How well do automated victim notification systems work at keeping victims apprised of their offender's criminal justice status? Evaluators of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) program discuss their findings in a free webinar hosted by NIJ and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Moderator: Kristina Rose, Office for Victims of Crime.
Panelists:
  • Seri Irazola, Ph.D., of ICF international and lead researcher on the study.
  • Erin Williamson of ICF International.
  • Brent Myers, Director of Registration and Victim Services at the Indiana Department of Correction.
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Building Trust Inside and Out: Challenges Facing Police Leaders
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
February 2014
In the face of budget cuts, changing workforce demands, new varieties of crime and new technologies, how should police executives manage officers and other personnel and still ensure that organizational goals are being met?

Drawing on new data from a national sample, Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum, Director of the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago, discussed the latest findings from the NIJ-funded National Police Research Platform on the organizational dynamics of American police agencies. His discussion examined ways to measure agency performance, including the quality of leadership and supervision, personnel development and procedural fairness both inside and outside the organization.
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Science at the National Institute of Justice
Learn how NIJ uses science to solve real world crime problems. Scientists from across NIJ discuss their work and the research done by NIJ ranging from officer shift length to "john schools" to algorithms to match forensic sketches to mug shots.

Speakers include:
  • Greg Ridgeway, Ph.D., Acting Director
  • Gerald LaPorte, Acting Director, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences
  • John T. Picarelli, Ph.D., Program Manager, Transnational Issues, Office of Research and Evaluation
  • Mark Greene, Ph.D., Office of Science and Technology
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Consequences of a Prison Record for Employment: How Do Race, Ethnicity & Gender Factor In?
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
February 2014
Professor Scott Decker
Arizona State University

Scientific studies have long documented the negative impact of a prison record on a person's ability to find employment. But what is the impact when gender and race/ethnicity are factored in? Also, most jobs are now advertised online — so how does this affect the ability of former prisoners to find a job?

Dr. Scott Decker and his colleagues have recently completed an in-depth examination of the roles of race, gender, and education in one of the greatest social challenges facing our nation today: employment for criminal offenders returning to the community. The findings — including the impact of having some post-high school education — may surprise you. Based on the results of this three-year study, Dr. Decker makes recommendations that could be critically important as decision-makers craft pre- and post-release policies and strategies to help more than 600,000 criminal offenders who return to the community every year, particularly in this increasingly online world.

We also recorded an interview with Dr. Decker. Watch on YouTube or NIJ.gov.
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Why Is the United States the Most Homicidal Nation in the Affluent World?
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
December 2013
Professor Randolph Roth
Ohio State University Since World War II, the homicide rate in the U.S. has been three to ten times higher than in Canada, Western Europe, and Japan. This, however, has not always been the case. What caused the dramatic change? Dr. Roth discussed how and why rates of different kinds of homicide have varied across time and space over the past 450 years, including an examination of the murder of children by parents or caregivers, intimate partner violence, and homicides among unrelated adults.
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CrimeSolutions.gov Can Be Used to Help Address Problems in Your Community
This video provides information about CrimeSolutions.gov, a site that uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Captured in the video are scenarios of how the site can be of use to justice professionals and practitioners who are working to address criminal activity in their communities. Also captured are testimonials from actual CrimeSolutions.gov users, highlighting how the site has proven to be beneficial in meeting their needs.
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Second Chance Act: What Have We Learned About Reentry Programs So Far?
June 2013
Interview with Ron D'Amico, Social Policy Research Associates

Offender reentry into the community is a pressing social problem. The number of inmates released every year from the nation's prisons increased fourfold over the past three decades.

Since the Second Chance Act (SCA) was passed in 2008, more than $250 million has been awarded to government agencies and non-profits for programs to help offenders successfully reenter society. NIJ is doing an in-depth study of 10 sites to determine the effectiveness of these reentry programs.

Dr. Ron D'Amico discusses findings from Phase 1 of the project: How are the programs being implemented?
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Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization
February 2013
Interview with Gary Ackerman, Director for Special Projects, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland

Mr. Ackerman is conducting an empirical assessment of domestic radicalization, with an emphasis on the process of radicalization. In this interview, Ackerman explains how he is using large empirical analysis and small scale life study analysis to discover which factors might cause an individual to make the leap from illegal terrorist behavior to violent terrorist behavior.
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Lone Wolf Terrorism in America
February 2013
Interview with Mark Hamm, Ph.D., Indiana State University

Dr. Hamm is studying lone wolf terrorism in the United States and how such terrorists become radicalized. In this interview, Hamm explains the difference between mass violence and terrorism and discusses the ways in which many lone wolf terrorists use public forums to broadcast their intent to commit terrorist acts.
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Community Policing Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism
February 2013
Interview with David Schanzer, J.D., Associate Professor, Duke University and Director, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security

Mr. Schanzer discusses his study of community policing strategies for countering violent extremism. Schanzer points out that there is a wide variety of terrorist ideologies from religious, to environmental, to economic. He is hoping to discover if particular community policing strategies are more effective in countering certain types of terrorism and building resilience against extremism.
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Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research & Implications for Law Enforcement
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
March 2013
Jon Gould, Ph.D.
Professor of Law, Justice, and Society &
Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research
American University
John R. Firman
Director, Research Division
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

What does science tell us about case factors that can lead to a wrongful conviction? Dr. Jon Gould of American University will discuss the findings of the first large-scale empirical study that has identified ten statistically significant factors that distinguish a wrongful conviction from a "near miss." (A "near miss" is a case in which an innocent defendant was acquitted or had charges dismissed before trial). Following Dr. Gould's presentation, Mr. John R. Firman from the IACP will talk about implications for law enforcement, including soon-to-be-released recommendations based on the IACP's 2012 summit on wrongful convictions. The summit brought together experts from throughout the justice system to talk about preventing wrongful arrests and convictions.
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Erroneous Convictions in Criminal Justice
March 2013
Interview with Jon Gould, Ph.D., Director of the Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research, American University.

Dr. Gould discusses:
  • Bottom line findings from the study "Predicting Erroneous Convictions: A Social Science Approach to Miscarriages of Justice"
  • Ten statistically significant factors related to wrongful convictions
  • The role of systemic error and tunnel vision
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Changing the Behavior of Drug-Involved Offenders: Supervision That Works
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
December 2012
Angela Hawken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis, Pepperdine University, and Mark Kleiman, Ph.D.Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
A small number of offenders who are heavily involved in drugs commit a large portion of the crime in this country. An evaluation of a "smart supervision" effort in Hawaii that uses swift and certain sanctioning showed that heavily involved drug offenders can indeed change their behavior when the supervision is properly implemented.

Drs. Angela Hawken and Mark Kleiman evaluated Hawaii's swift and certain supervision program, more commonly referred to as Hawaii HOPE. They discussed what they learned and how the principles of HOPE are being applied elsewhere.

They discussed, for example, the kinds of offenders who are now being supervised under HOPE-style programs in Hawaii and on the mainland. They also discussed the important unanswered research questions, such as: the psychological mechanisms that underlie the dramatic behavior changes, the minimum effective sanction, whether sanctions should escalate, and when revocation is appropriate. They also discussed the wider implications for juveniles, alcoholics, pretrial releases and prisoners, as well as the appropriate role of the federal government.

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Using Random Forest Risk Prediction in the Philadelphia Probation Department
August 2012
Geoff Barnes, Ph.D., and Jordan Hyatt, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Jerry Lee Center of Criminology

Watch two experts talk about developing a computerized system that successfully predicts — with a high degree of accuracy — which probationers are likely to violently reoffend within two years of returning to the community.

Drs. Barnes and Hyatt teamed up with the Philadelphia Adult Probation & Parole Department in an NIJ-funded project. Here they discuss:
  • Why was the Probation Department interested in exploring a new risk prediction tool?
  • How does the random forest prediction tool work?
  • Why did the researchers have to work hand-in-hand with the practitioners?
  • Why is random forest modeling such an effective tool?
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The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
December 2012
Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Dr. Campbell brings together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. She explains the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. Real-world, practical implications are examined for first responders, such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates.

We also recorded a 3-part interview with Dr. Campbell.
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Game Change: How Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships Are Redefining How We Study Crime
Opening Plenary Panel
June 2012

When researchers and practitioners work side by side, they can maximize their problem-solving abilities. The research partner can focus on the data and the science; the practitioner can focus on interpreting the findings and applying them in the field. In the plenary panel, panelists described the benefits, challenges and pitfalls of researcher-practitioner partnerships with a focus on the financial benefits to the practitioner.
Moderator: John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Jeff Rojek, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Tami Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation
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Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness
NIJ Conference
Closing Plenary Panel
June 2012

Each year, 100-200 law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Last year, 177 lost their lives — a 16-percent increase from 2010. As Attorney General Eric Holder noted, this is a devastating and unacceptable trend. NIJ has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. This panel discussed some of NIJ's most promising work to reduce shooting and traffic-related fatalities — consistently the leading causes of officer line-of-duty deaths — and improve officer wellness, which is inextricably linked with officer safety.

Moderator: John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Chief Walter McNeil, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Karen Amendola, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation
  • John Violanti, Ph.D., Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Carrick Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • Bryan Vila, Ph.D., Professor, Washington State University
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Reforming New Orleans' Criminal Justice System: The Role of Data and Research
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
September 2012
Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., President and Director Vera Institute of Justice

With its criminal justice system in disarray following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invited the Vera Institute of Justice to examine the city's court and jail operations. For five years, Vera has been tracking arrest-to-first-appearance time, custodial arrests versus summonses, the granting of pretrial release, and many other decision-making points. Based on analysis of these data, Vera is making policy recommendations to assist with the implementation of new procedures and to ensure performance monitoring.

Like other jurisdictions, New Orleans had never collected court, jail, and other justice system data in ways that could inform policy development. Vera's work has demonstrated to key stakeholders that data capture and analysis can be critical. Learn more about these successes, the continuing challenges of replacing a jurisdiction's existing data systems, and how costs and other institutional issues will test the "acceptance" of critical criminal justice policies in the years to come.

NIJ also recorded an interview with Dr. Jacobson in which he addressed the following questions:
  • What is the New Orleans Criminal Justice Leadership Alliance?
  • How important is raw data in proposing criminal justice reforms in New Orleans?
  • What are some of the new projects and initiatives that are currently being pursued?
  • Are you optimistic for New Orleans' future?

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Healthy Officers Are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance & Health
September 2012

Moderator: Brett Chapman, PhD, NIJ Social Science Analyst
Panelists:
  • Bryan Vila, Professor, Washington State University, discusses his work on officer fatigue.
  • Karen Amendola, Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation, discusses advantages and disadvantages of 8-, 10- and 12-hour shifts.
  • John Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, discusses the long-term impact of police work, including suicide.
  • Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, comments on how police leaders can incorporate these research findings into their management and day-to-day work.
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Hidden Victims of Human Trafficking
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2012
Amy Farrell, Northeastern University

NIJ has funded a study looking at the barriers that local communities face identifying, investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases under new state human trafficking laws.

In this interview, Amy Farrell discusses that study.
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Ballistic-Resistant Vest Standards
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2012
Deanna Rivard, Minneapolis Police Department, Minn.

In this interview, Deanna Rivard discusses how agencies can get help funding body armor, work on improving the fit of body armor and the importance of wearing it.
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Effects of Wrongful Conviction Cases
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2012
Erin Williamson, ICF International

NIJ has funded a study examining the impact of wrongful convictions on crime victims. The study is looking at the impact on the original victim of the crime to get a better understanding of what their service needs are, and how we can better serve them both in terms of policy and practice.
In this interview, Erin Williamson discusses the evaluation.
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The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) Survey
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2012
Seri Irazola, ICF International

NIJ has funded an evaluation of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification. The program, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides funds to states automate and improve how victims are notified about information surrounding their case.
In this interview, Seri Irazola discusses the evaluation.
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Meeting Survivors' Needs Through Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services and Supports: Results of a Multi-State Study
August 2012
Interview

Mary Louise Kelley, Director of the Family Violence Prevention Services program at the Department of Health and Human Services, is joined by Anne Menard, Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and Eleanor Lyon, the principal investigator to discuss a study focused on nonresidential domestic violence services.
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Looking Back to See the Future of Prison Downsizing in America
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2012

The recent declines in U.S. prison populations have caused many reformers to suggest that America's experiment with mass incarceration is ending. But current prison downsizing policies may well backfire if we fail to heed the lessons learned from the intermediate sanctions movement of the 1990s. In the event attendees rated highest, Dr. Petersilia summarizes these lessons and discussed why we must consider them if we want to reverse — for good — four decades of prison expansion.
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Slow Down, Move Over — Public Service Announcement

More law enforcement officers die each year in traffic incidents than from any other cause, including shootings. Many of these deaths occur on the roadside as officers perform their duties. This public service announcement reminds drives to slow down and move over when they see a public safety responder on the side of the road. This video was produced by Respondersafety.com with funding from the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and United States Fire Administration, Department of Homeland Security.
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Mark Kleiman Comments on Drugs, Violence and Putting Cartels Out of Business
April 2012
Mark Kleiman, NIJ Visiting Fellow and UCLA Professor of Public Policy

NIJ Visiting Fellow Mark Kleiman comments on drugs, violence and putting cartels out of business.
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Testing What Works in Probation: Replicating HOPE
April 2012
Eric Martin, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice

NIJ's Eric Martin discusses the Institute's ongoing evaluation of the HOPE program for drug-involved offenders. Segments include:
  • What is HOPE?
  • What were the initial findings of the HOPE evaluation?
  • What is NIJ's current involvement with HOPE?
  • Is there any variation between the Hawaii HOPE program and the four evaluation sites?
  • What will the site evaluations consist of?
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Violent Repeat Victimization: Prospects and Challenges for Research and Practice
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
April 2012
Janet L. Lauritsen, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Research tells us that a relatively small fraction of individuals experience a large proportion of violent victimizations. Thus, focusing on reducing repeat victimization might have a large impact on total rates of violence. However, research also tells us that most violent crime victims do not experience more than one incident during a six-month or one-year time period. As a result, special policies to prevent repeat violence may not be cost-effective for most victims.

Dr. Lauritsen summarizes existing research on repeat violent victimization, both here in the United States and abroad. She provides new findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey about the potential impact that reducing repeat victimization might have on rates of violence in the U.S. She discusses possible factors that can be used to predict whether victimization is likely to be repeated and suggest how such information can inform policy and practice. She also discusses several factors, such as persistent exposure to offenders, that appear to be unique to repeat victimization and most relevant to developing effective policies and practices.
We also captured an interview with Dr. Lauritsen in which she discusses in three short segments:
  • What is the National Crime Victimization Survey?
  • Why is it so difficult to predict the likelihood of repeat victimization?
  • How should victim service providers be evaluated?

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U.S. Department of Justice's Request for Research on Indigent Defense
March 2012
Maha Jweied, Senior Counsel, Access to Justice Initiative
Nadine Frederique, Social Science Analyst, NIJ

Our mission is to help the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes for individuals regardless of wealth or status, and a necessary component of our work is strengthening and improving indigent defense. How we do that is of course varied, but one important aspect is the research that's needed to identify solutions to indigent defense, and that's why the solicitation is so important.
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Addiction, the Brain, and Evidence-Based Treatment
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
March 2012
Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D.Chief, Services Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse

The criminal justice system encounters and supervises a large number of drug abusing persons. Punishment alone is a futile and ineffective response to the problem of drug abuse. Addiction is a chronic brain disease with a strong genetic component that in most instances requires treatment. Involvement in the criminal justice system provides a unique opportunity to treat drug abuse disorders and related health conditions, thereby improving public health and safety. This presentation highlights the following: 1) the neuro-biology of addiction; 2) evidence-based principles of addiction treatment; and 3) research efforts underway at the National Institute on Drug Abuse to expand knowledge on effectively addressing drug abuse in the criminal justice system.

We also captured an interview with Dr. Chandler in which she discusses in three short segments:

  • What is Addiction?
  • The Relationship Between Drugs and Crime
  • Drug Abuse as a Chronic Condition

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Use of Force and Conducted Energy Devices
March 2012
Geoffrey P. Alpert, Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina

Dr. Alpert discusses police use of force and conducted energy devices. Segments include:
  • What Is Use of Force?
  • Proper Use of CEDs
  • Training Is Key to Knowing When to Use a CED Lessons for Law Enforcement Executives About Use of Force
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Director's Corner: Translational Criminology

Dr. Laub discusses fusing NIJ's dual mission through translational criminology, questions that guide NIJ's approach to translational criminology and the role of 'trust' in translational criminology.
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Body Armor Video for Officers

Law Enforcement officers need proper equipment when they go to work. NIJ and National Law Enforcement Technology Center work together to ensure that body armor standards help officers do their jobs. A new video is available for officers.
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Body Armor Video for Procurement

When it comes to saving an officer's life, nobody can hold back. NIJ's National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center has created a video that can help procurement officials find the right vest for the right officer.
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Elder Abuse Webinar Series: Innovative Research Partnerships
January 2012

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.
Panelists:
  • Kristen Johnson, researcher with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
  • Rachel Lakin, New Hampshire's Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. 
  • Kathleen Quinn, director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. 
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Economical Crime Control: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Ledger
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
December 2011
Phillip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics and Sociology, Duke University

The surge in incarceration since 1980 has been fueled in part by the mistaken belief that the population can be divided neatly into "good guys" and "bad guys." In fact, crime rates are not determined by the number of at-large criminals, any more than farm production is determined by the number of farmers. Crime is a choice, a choice that is influenced by available opportunities as much as by character. This perspective, drawn from economic theory, supports a multi-faceted approach to crime control. Dr. Cook's presentation includes examples of effective programs and policies from both sides of the ledger — both people-changing, and opportunity-changing.

We were also able to capture an interview Dr. Cook in which he discusses in three short segments:
  • The Normative Economistic Framework of Crime Control
  • Crime Control Today: The Good Guy/Bad Guy Framework
  • The Role of Private Action in Crime Reduction

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Going Home (or Not): How Residential Change Might Help Former Offenders Stay Out of Prison
Dr. David Kirk, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
October 2011

Dr. Kirk discusses how Hurricane Katrina affected ex-prisoners originally from New Orleans and their likelihood of returning to prison. Kirk also discussed potential strategies for fostering residential change among ex-prisoners, focusing specifically on parole residency policies and the provision of public housing vouchers.

We were also able to capture an interview Dr. Kirk in which he discusses in two short segments:
  • Katrina as a Natural Experiment
  • The Impact of Concentrated Re-entry

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The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2011
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Translational Criminology and the Science of Community
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2011

The Monday panel examined the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, along with its implications for thinking about community capacity and crime.

Research shows that healthy communities share basic values: neighbors look out for one another and social connections are strong. A groundbreaking study from one of the largest research projects funded by the National Institute of Justice — the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods — produced important understandings about community well-being and the relationship between neighborhoods and crime. The panelists on this plenary session discussed the Project as well as drew from their own experiences to describe how (the) research affects their diverse and changing communities.

Moderator: John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Edward Davis, Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department
  • Michael Davis, Chief of Police, Brooklyn Park Police Department, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
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Translating Science: A Town Hall on the Challenges
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2011

Wednesday's plenary brought together the leaders of several federal science agencies for a discussion about the challenges of using scientific discoveries to shape policy and practice.

Moderator: John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • David Chambers, Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Patrick Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Linda Mellgren, Senior Social Science Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • John Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
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The Importance of Research on Race, Crime and Punishment
Lawrence Bobo, W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2011
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Familial DNA Searching: Issues and Answers
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

Familial DNA searching is the practice of creating new investigative leads in cases where DNA evidence found at the scene of a crime strongly resembles that of an existing DNA profile but is not an exact match. Panelists will explain how the technology works, provide examples of successful convictions obtained through familial searches, and discuss the various misconceptions and concerns regarding this practice.

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Stephen Mercer, Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver District Attorney's Office
  • Steven R. Siegel, Director of Program Development, Denver District Attorney's Office
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The Evaluation of NIJ by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences: NIJ's Response
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

The National Academies conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the National Institute of Justice. This panel provides an overview of the evaluation and NIJ's response to it. NIJ has accepted many of the recommendations in the NRC report, and you will learn what the agency is doing to implement them. A few of the recommendations were challenging and created considerable debate within NIJ. Plans to address these thorny issues also are discussed.

Moderator: Thomas Feucht, Executive Senior Science Advisor, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Daniel Nagin, Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Teresa and H. John Heinz III University, Carnegie Mellon University
  • John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
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Human Factors in Latent Print Examination
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

The NIJ-sponsored Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis is clarifying potential sources of error in pattern recognition analysis. It will develop best practices to remove or minimize these sources. NIJ is addressing recommendations in the 2009 National Academy of Sciences' report titled "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward." Specifically, the panelists focus on recommendation 5, which encourages research programs on human observer bias and sources of human error in forensic examinations.

Moderator: Melissa Taylor, Program Manager, Office of Law Enforcement Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Panelists:
  • Deborah Boehm-Davis, Professor, George Mason University
  • Melissa Gische, Physical Scientist, Latent Print Operations Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory
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State Responses to Mass Incarceration
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

Researchers have devoted considerable attention to mass incarceration, specifically its magnitude, costs, and collateral consequences. In the face of economic constraints, strategies to reduce correctional populations while maintaining public safety are becoming a fiscal necessity. This panel will present strategies that states have undertaken to reduce incarceration rates while balancing taxpayer costs with ensuring public safety.

Moderator: Nadine Frederique, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Jake Horowitz, Manager of the Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Marc Levin, Director of the Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Ed Rhine, Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
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The National Broadband (Communications) Plan: Issues for Public Safety
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

The Federal Communications Commission delivered the National Broadband Plan in March 2010. As part of the plan, the FCC proposed a strategy for implementing a national public safety broadband network that would allow public safety responders anywhere in the nation to send and receive critical voice, video and data to save lives, reduce injuries, and prevent acts of crime and terror. How this strategy is implemented will have a significant impact on criminal justice and other public safety agencies nationwide, both with respect to operational capability and to resources. There are competing views of how this plan should be implemented, each with its pros and cons. This panel illuminates those issues from both sides of the debate.

Moderator: Marisa Chun, Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Panelists:
  • James Barnett, Rear Admiral (ret.), Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communication Commission
  • Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Deputy Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Allan Sadowski, IT Manager, North Carolina State Highway Patrol
  • Gregory Schaffer, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle, Washington
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How Collaboration Between Researchers and Police Chiefs Can Improve the Quality of Sexual Assault Investigations: A Look at Los Angeles
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2011

Panelists discuss the application of research findings from an NIJ-sponsored study of sexual assault attrition to police practice in Los Angeles. There are three main focal points: (1) the mutual benefits of researcher/practitioner partnerships, (2) the implications of variation in police interpretation of UCR guidelines specific to clearing sexual assault (with an emphasis on cases involving nonstrangers), and (3) the content of specialized training that must be required for patrol officers and detectives who respond to and investigate sex crimes.

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, End Violence Against Women
  • Robert Casey, Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Michel Moore, Director, Office of Special Operations, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Cassia Spohn, Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix
  • Katharine Tellis, Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
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Collaboration Between Researchers and Law Enforcement Agencies
Michel Moore, Director, Office of Special Operations, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, Calif.
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Translating Science from Research Agencies to Policymakers and Practitioners
Patrick Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Crimesolutions.gov: "What Works" in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Crime Victim Services
Edward Latessa, University of Cincinnati
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Keeping Police Officers Safe on the Road
John E. Shanks, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Beyond Community Policing: The Importance of Community Building
Michael Davis, Chief of Police, Brooklyn Park Police Department, Minn.
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Action Research and the Community to Criminal Justice Feedback Loop
Edward Davis, Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department, Mass,
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Diminishing Resources & Gang Prevention
Mario Maciel, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, San Jose, Calif.
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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Preventing Kids From Gang-Joining: Collaboration Matters
Tom Simon, Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury, Centers for Disease Control
NIJ Conference
June 2011
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The Stockholm Prize in Criminology
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2011
John Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice
Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

NIJ Director John H. Laub, and his long-time research partner Robert J. Sampson received the 2011 Stockholm Prize in Criminology. They received the award for their research on how and why criminals stop offending. Doctors Laub and Sampson discuss their work on longest life-course study of criminal behavior ever conducted. They found that even highly active criminals can stop committing crimes after key turning points in life. These turning points include marriage, military service, employment and the joining of other institutions and social networks that result in a cutting off of one's ties to offending peer groups.
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10th Anniversary of 9/11: Advances in Social Sciences
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2011
Gary LaFree, Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Maryland

The tragedy of 9/11 posed unprecedented challenges to forensic science, social science, and physical science and technology — the three bedrock sciences at NIJ. Recovering from the attack and preventing another one have became topmost priorities in the 10 years since the attack. As we approach the 10th anniversary, Gary LaFree discusses how that fateful day impacted social scientific priorities and the outcomes from those changes.
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Making Community Supervision Safer through Electronic Monitoring
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2011
George Drake, Community Corrections Program Manager, Corrections Technology Center of Excellence
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Terrorism Research Before and After 9/11
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2011
Gary LaFree, Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism at the University of Maryland
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Learning from 9/11: Forensic Science and Identifying Human Remains
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2011
Robert Shaler, Pennsylvania State University (ret.).
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A Look at NIJ Standards and Testing
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2011
Debra Stoe, Physical Scientist, National Institute of Justice
Tom Sharkey, National Bomb Squad Advisory Committee
Ed Bailor, U.S. Capitol Police (ret.).
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Partnerships: Coming Together to Study Crime & Solutions
Director's Corner
Interview
June 2011
John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice

This is the second in a series of conversations with John Laub discussing the most recent efforts by the National Institute of Justice to build stronger ties with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to solve crime problems.
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Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better: Lessons from Community Courts
Greg Berman, Director, Center for Court Innovation
April 21, 2011

Change doesn't come easy, particularly within an institution as large and complex as the criminal justice system. Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation, offered lessons from several efforts to make reform stick in criminal justice settings. In particular, he focused on the development of community courts — experimental court projects that are attempting to reduce both crime and incarceration in dozens of cities across the U.S. and around the world. He also drew upon his recently-published book Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (Urban Institute Press).

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Embracing a Culture of Science — A Message from the NIJ Director
Interview
March 2011
John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice

John Laub discusses the creation of a culture of science within the Institute, including the value of embracing transparency and a critical perspective.
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Forensic Markers and Elder Abuse
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
March 2011

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice Panelists:
  • Lisa Gibbs, Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine, School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine
  • Cherie Hill, Detective, Anaheim Police Department
  • Richard Harruff, Chief Medical Examiner, Seattle - King County, Washington
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Benefit-Cost Analysis for Crime Policy
Ms. Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab and Dr. Jens Ludwig, Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab February 24, 2011

How do we decide how to allocate criminal justice resources in a way that minimizes the social harms from both crime and policy efforts to control crime? How, for that matter, do we decide how much to spend on the criminal justice system and crime control generally, versus other pressing needs? These questions are at the heart of benefit-cost analysis.

Benefit-cost analyses begin with the crucial and often under-appreciated first step of successfully identifying the impact of a policy or program. Jens Ludwig and Roseanna Ander will explain the different options for identifying policy and program impacts, and discuss the challenges of attempts to monetize costs and benefits. For example, some of the most important costs and benefits of crime control efforts come from intangible aspects of well-being for which dollar values are not easily attached.
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Children as Citizens: Engaging Adolescents in Research on Exposure to Violence
Dr. Felton Earls, Professor, Harvard University
January 25, 2011

Since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, great strides have been made in the areas of child protection and advocacy. However, the concept of children, and specifically adolescents, as functional and engaged citizens has also emerged. Through the guidance and recognition of adults, children can participate in deliberative democracy as legitimate and competent citizens. This citizenship, like that of adults, can be used to enrich and improve local communities by creating a sense of ownership and fairness. Dr. Earls presented research on child participation, child citizenship and their relationship to exposure to violence. The theories and practices guiding this research originated in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and have continued to evolve in different settings around the world.

Dr. Earls was the Special Editor of the January 2011 ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceExit Notice, which focuses on conceptual, legal, and practical issues related to the realization of children as citizens.
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Incidence and Prevalence of Elder Abuse
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
January 2011

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse, Department of Justice
Panelists:
  • Ron Acierno, Ph.D., Professor, Medical University of South Carolina; Principal Investigator, National Elder Mistreatment Study
  • Georgia Anetzberger, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW, Lecturer, Health Care Administration Program, Cleveland State University; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Marie-Therese Connolly, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Director, Life Long Justice (an elder justice initiative housed at Appleseed)

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Don't Jump the Shark: Understanding Deterrence and Legitimacy in the Architecture of Law Enforcement
Tracey Meares, Deputy Dean and Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law
November 3, 2010

Deterrence theory dominates the American understanding of how to regulate criminal behavior but social psychologists' research shows that people comply for  reasons that have nothing to do with fear of punishment; they have to do with values, fair procedures and how people connect with one another. Professor Meares discussed the relevance of social psychologists' emerging theory to legal theory and practice and how deterrence and emerging social psychology theories intertwine. She described her own research in urban police departments where she has attempted to integrate the findings from social psychology with deterrence and violence reduction strategies.


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Mothers and Children Seeking Safety in the U.S.: A Study of International Child Abduction Cases Involving Domestic Violence
Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, University of Minnesota, Dr. Taryn Lindhorst, University of Washington, and Ms. Sudha Shetty, University of Minnesota
October 12, 2010

Since the implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, thousands of abused women have faced complex litigation after seeking safety in the United States. Many have been court ordered to return their to the country from which they fled and often to their abusive partners custody. The presenters discussed the findings of an NIJ-funded study focusing on the experiences of women who as victims of domestic violence in another country, come to the U.S. in an effort to protect themselves and their children, and then face international child abduction procedures under the Hague Convention.


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The Impact of SANE Programs on Adult Sexual Assault Investigation and Prosecution
Presentation to the National Institute of Justice
June 2010
Rebecca Campbell, Professor, Michigan State University
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Paula Zahn on the Role of the Media in Criminal Justice Issues
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2010
Paula Zahn, Journalist, "On the Case with Paula Zahn"
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VAWA — Celebrating 15 Years and Moving Forward Together
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Acting Director, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, Office of the Vice President of the United States
  • Catherine Pierce, Deputy Director, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Michael Paymar, Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Bernard Melekian, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Karen Carroll, Associate Director, Bronx Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Question and Answer Session
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Indigent Defense and Access to Justice
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2010
Laurence Tribe, Senior Counselor for Access to Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice
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What We Have Learned form the Cameron Todd Willingham Case
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Panelists:
  • David Grann, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • John Lentini, President and Principal Investigator, Scientific Fire Analysis LLC
  • Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London
  • Michael Logan Ware, Chief, Special Fields Bureau, Dallas County District Attorneys Office
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Opening Remarks by Kristina Rose, Acting Director, National Institute of Justice
NIJ Conference
Keynote Address
June 2010
David Grann, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
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Opening Remarks at the by Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
NIJ Conference
Opening Remarks
June 2010
Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
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Improving Responses to Domestic Violence Incidents, Interview Anne DePrince
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Anne DePrince, Associate Professor, University of Denver
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A Practitioner Perspective on the Importance of Research
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Karen D. Carroll, Associate Director, Bronx Sexual Assault Response Team, New York
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Cold Case Best Practices
NIJ Conference
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June 2010
Gregory LaBerge, Scientific Director and Bureau Commander, Denver Police Department
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Tailoring Policies for Effective Sex Offender Re-entry Into Communities
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Alisa Klein, Public Policy Consultant, Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers
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The Importance of Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners in Sexual Violence Research
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Bonnie Fisher, Professor, University of Cincinnati
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Predictive Policing: A Forecasting and Prevention Model
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Greg Ridgeway, Director, Safety and Justice and Center on Quality Policing, RAND Corp.
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Keeping "Community" in Policing
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
David Sklansky, Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law and Faculty Chair, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
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The False Metric of the DNA Backlog
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Dean M. Gialamas, Director, Scientific Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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Voice From the Field: A Sheriff's Perspective of Cell Phones Behind Bars
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Aaron D. Kennard, Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association
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Male Versus Female Perpetration of Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Connie Beck, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson
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Responding to High Rates of Substance Abuse Failure Among Probationers: Delaware's Decide Your Time Program
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Dan O'Connell, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
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The 10-9 Project: Voice Activated Mobile Data Computers
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Warren Harrison, Professor, Portland State University
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Developing Effective Police Workforces: The Importance of Staffing Structures
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Jeremy Wilson, Associate Director for Research, Michigan State University School of
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How Does Assimilation Status Among Hispanic Youth Impact Their Involvement in Violence and Victimization?
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Holly Ventura, Assistant Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio; and Chris L. Gibson, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
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Communications in the Forensic Science Community
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Kyle Usbeck, Lead Software Engineer, Drakontas LLC.
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Finding Confidence in Evidence-Based Policies
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
Phelan Wyrick, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Justice Programs
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The Collaborative Approach to Justice Reinvestment
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010
John Lazet, Chief of Staff, The Office of Senator Alan Cropsey (Mich.)
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An Examination of Justice Reinvestment and Its Impact on Two States
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2010

Moderator: Marie Garcia, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Jake Horowitz, Project Manager, Pew Center on the States
  • John Lazet, Chief of Staff, The Office of Senator Alan Cropsey (Mich.)
  • Anne Rice, Associate Attorney General, New Hampshire Office of Attorney General
  • Marshall Clement, Project Director, The Council of State Governments
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What is Research and Evaluation Evidence and How Can We Use it?
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Phelan Wyrick, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Justice Programs Panelists:
  • Stephanie Shipman, Assistant Director, Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues, Applied Research and Methods, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ed McGarrell, Director and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
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Backlogs and Their Impact on the Criminal Justice System
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Gerry LaPorte, Forensic Policy Program Manager, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Joseph L. Peterson, Professor and Director, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Kevin J. Strom, Senior Research Scientist, RTI International
  • Dean M. Gialamas, Director, Scientific Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
  • Jeffrey Nye, DNA Technical Leader, Michigan State Police
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Domestic Violence Research 15 Years After VAWA
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Bernard Auchter, Acting Division Director of the Violence and Victimization Research Division, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Claire Renzetti, Professor, University of Dayton, Ohio
  • Connie Beck, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Barbara Hart, Director of Law and Policy, University of Southern Maine, Portland
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Gang Membership Prevention
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Louis Tuthill, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Gretchen Shappert, Project Safe Neighborhoods National Coordinator and Anti-Gang Coordinator, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice
  • James Buddy Howell, Senior Research Associate, National Youth Gang Center; Special Advisor, Life History Research Program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jorja Leap, Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles
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Using License Plate Readers to Fight Crime
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: William Ford, Director of the Information and Sensor Technologies Division, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Meghann Tracy, Project Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Bruce Taylor, Principal Research Scientist, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Dale Stockton, Program Manager, Automated Regional Justice Information System
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Are CEDs Safe and Effective?
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Joseph Cecconi, General Engineer, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • John C. Hunsaker III, Associate Chief Medical Examiner, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
  • Scott Hammack, Attorney, O'Melveny and Myers LLP
  • Eugene Paoline III, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • William Terrill, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing
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Get Funded: Developing a Better Proposal
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Bernard Auchter, Acting Division Director of Violence and Victimization, National Institute of Justice; and Alan Spanbauer, Program Manager, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Jolene Hernon, Director of the Office of Communications, National Institute of Justice
  • Angela Wade, Accountant, Office of Justice Programs
  • Cheryl Crawford Watson, Human Subjects Protection Compliance Officer, National Institute of Justice
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Impression Evidence: Strengthening the Disciplines of Fingerprints, Firearms, Footwear, and Other Pattern and Impression Sciences Through Research
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Gerry LaPorte, Forensic Policy Program Manager National Institute of Justice
Tom Busey, Professor of Cognitive Science, Indiana University, BloomingtonPanelists:
  • Lynn Abbott, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Sargur Srihari, SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
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International Organized Crime: Recent Developments in Policy and Research
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: John T. Picarelli, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Jennifer Shaksky Calvery, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Director of the Attorney General's Organized Crime Council, and Head, International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Lisa Holtyn, Senior Intelligence Adviser, U.S. Department of Justice
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Cell Phones in Prison
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Ellen Scrivner, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Gary D. Maynard, Secretary, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service
  • Harley Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Aaron D. Kennard, Executive Director, National Sheriffs' Association
  • James Arden Barnett, Jr., Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communication Commission
  • Larry D. Atlas, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Question and Answer Session
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Sexual Violence Research 15 Years After VAWA
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Karen Bachar, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Rebecca Campbell, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bonnie S. Fisher, Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Rebecca Campbell, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Delilah Rumburg, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
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The State of the Police Field: A New Professionalism in Policing?
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Ellen Scrivner, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Christopher Stone, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice, Harvard University
  • David Alan Sklansky ,Yosef Osheawich Professor and Faculty Chair, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Ronald Davis, Chief, East Palo Alto Police Department
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Forensic Information Data Exchange and the Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Crime Laboratories
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: William Ford, Director of the Information and Sensor Technologies Division, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Aaron Gorrell, President and CEO, Waterhole Software Inc.
  • Michael O'Berry, Operations Manager, National Forensic Science Technology Center
  • Kevin Kosiorek, Criminalist, Boston Police Department
  • Jim Markey, Sergeant, Phoenix Police Department
  • Aaron Gorrell, President and CEO, Waterhole Software Inc.
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Sex Offenders in the Community: Post-Release, Registration, Notification and Residency Restrictions
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Karen Bachar, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Elizabeth Letourneau, Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Kristen M. Zgoba, Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Corrections
  • Alisa Klein, Public Policy Consultant, Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers
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Situational Approaches to Making Communities and Correction Institutions Safer
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Winnie Reed, Director of the, Crime Control and Prevention Research Division, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Nancy La Vigne, Director, Justice Policy Institute, Urban Institute
  • Gary Wedge, Captain, Administrative Services Division, Chula Vista Police Department, Calif.
  • Tara H. Wildes, Chief, Jails Division, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Fla.
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Special Technical Committees: How They Are Changing NIJ's Standards Development Process
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Debra Stoe, Physical Scientist, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Gordon Gillerman, Chief, Standards Services Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Philip Mattson, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • William Haskell, Project Officer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Robert Vondrasek, Vice President, National Fire Protection Association
  • David McBath, InterAgency Board Chair, New York State Police
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Prosecuting Cases of Elder Abuse
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Andy Mao, Senior Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice Panelists:
  • Shelly Jackson, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association
  • Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor's Office
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Children Exposed to Violence
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Erica L. Smith, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics Panelists:
  • Kimberly DuMont, Research Associate, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Rensselaer
  • David Finkelhor, Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center; Co-Director, Family Research Laboratory; and Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • Patricia Stern, Founder and Chief Consultant, Stern Steps
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Forensic Aspects of Elder Abuse
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Carrie Mulford, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Aileen Wiglesworth, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Solomon Liao, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Susan Chasson, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Family Nurse Practitioner, Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic
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A View From the Street: Police Leaders Share Their Perspectives on Urgent Policy and Research Issues Facing law Enforcement in 2010 and Beyond
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2010

Moderator: Charles Wellford, Professor, University of Maryland; Co-Chair of Research Advisory Committee, International Association of Chiefs of Police Panelists:
  • Stephanie Stoiloff, Senior Police Bureau Commander, Miami-Dade Police Department, Fla.
  • J. Michael Ward II, Chief, Alexandria Police Department, Ky.
  • Bernard Melekian, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice
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Police-on-Police Shootings and the Puzzle of Unconscious Racial Bias
Christopher Stone, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice, Harvard Kennedy School
June 24, 2010

Professor Christopher Stone recently completed a study of police-on-police shootings as part of a task force he chaired in New York State. He reported on his findings and recommendations, exploring the role of race in policing decisions, methods to improve training and tactics to defuse police-on-police confrontations before they become fatal, and methods to improve the investigations of such shootings.

Read the report Reducing Inherent Danger: Report of the Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings (pdf, 138 pages) Exit Notice from the New York State Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings, chaired by Professor Stone.


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Technology Becomes a Tool for Abuse
Interview
June 2010
Cindy Southworth, Founder and Director, Safety Net: The National Safe & Strategic Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence

Cindy Southworth discusses how technology is a new tool that abusers are misusing in their harassment, threats and stalking.
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Solutions in Corrections: Using Evidence-based Knowledge
Dr. Edward Latessa, University of Cincinnati
May 13, 2010

Professor Ed Latessa describes how his team and he assessed more than 550 programs and saw the best and the worst. Professor Latessa shared his lessons learned and examples of states that are trying to use evidence-based knowledge to improve correctional programs.

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Less Prison, More Police, Less Crime: How Criminology Can Save the States from Bankruptcy
Dr. Lawrence Sherman, University of Pennsylvania
April 21, 2010

Professor Lawrence Sherman explains how policing can prevent far more crimes than prison per dollar spent. His analysis of the cost-effectiveness of prison compared to policing suggests that states can cut their total budgets for justice and reduce crime by reallocating their spending on crime: less prison, more police.
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Combating Teen Dating Violence: Promising Research in Prevention and Intervention for Youth at-Risk
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
February 2010

Moderator: Carrie Mulford, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • David A. Wolfe, RBC Chair in Children's Mental Health; Director, CAMH Centre for Prevention Science; Professor, University of Toronto
  • Elizabeth Miller, Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Pat Paluzzi, President/CEO, Healthy Teen Network
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Nurse-Family Partnerships: From Trials to International Replication
Dr. David Olds, University of Colorado
Jan. 20, 2010

David Olds, founder of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, describes the programs long-term impact on mothers and babies who began participating in the program more than 19 years ago. The Nurse-Family Partnership maternal health program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to maternal and child health nurses. It allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies and later children and young adults with the best possible start in life.
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"Getting Ready Program": Remaking Prison Life to Prepare Inmates for Reentry
Interview
June 2009
Dora Schriro, Arizona Department of Corrections
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How Terrorists Learn
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Michael Kenney, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
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Swift and Certain Consequences in Probation and Parole
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
The Honorable Steven S. Alm, Judge, First Circuit Court, Honolulu, Hawaii
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The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Gary Slutkin, Executive Director, The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, and Professor, University of Illinois
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An Elder Abuse Study Impacts How Law Enforcement Work Their Cases
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Aileen Wiglesworth, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
Cherie Hill, Detective, Anaheim, Calif., Police Department
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Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Pamela Lattimore, Scientist, RTI International
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Reallocating Prison Expenses to Fund Stronger Probation and Parole Programs
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Adam Gelb, Director, Pew Center's Public Safety Performance Project
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Criminal Background Checks and Hiring Ex-Offenders
NIJ Conference
Interview
June 2009
Al Blumstein, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Kiminori Nakamura, Doctoral Student,
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Making Sense of the DNA Backlog
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Mark Nelson, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Kevin Lothridge, Chief Executive Officer, National Forensic Science Technology Center
  • Kevin J. Strom, Senior Research Scientist, Crime, Violence, and Justice Research Program, RTI International
  • Greg Matheson, Director, Los Angeles Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory
  • Question and Answer Session
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What Works in Offender Supervision
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Marlene Beckman, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Panelists:
  • Bill Bales, Associate Professor, The Florida State University
  • Steven Alm, Judge, Honolulu, Ha.
  • Angela Hawken, Assistant Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
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Is It Old Age, Abuse or Homicide? Using Forensic Markers and Technology to Detect Elder Abuse and Neglect
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Carrie Mulford, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Aileen Wiglesworth, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Barry Daly, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Cherie Hill, Detective, Anaheim Police Department
  • Question and Answer Session
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Terrorism Studies: Finding and Applying the Best Research
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: John T. Picarelli, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Michael Kenney, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • Laura Dugan, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Richard Troy, Prime Minister, Department of Taoiseach, Dublin, Ireland
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What Works in Probation and Parole
NIJ Conference
Plenary Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Acting Director, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Thomas Feucht, Executive Senior Science Advisor, National Institute of Justice
  • Adam Gelb, Director, Pew Center's Public Safety Performance Project
  • James W. Spears, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
  • Steven Alm, Judge, Honolulu, Ha.
  • Tom Williams, Associate Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision
  • Pamela Lattimore, Scientist, RTI International
  • Question and Answer Session
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Domestic Violence Shelters: The Experience of the Survivor
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Angela Moore, Acting Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Marylouise Kelley, Director, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eleanor Lyon, Director of Institute for Violence Prevention and Reduction and Associate Professor in Residence, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut
  • Anne Menard, Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • Question and Answer Session
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Custody Evaluation in Domestic Violence Cases
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice
Panelists:
  • Daniel G. Saunders, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Dale Koch, Senior Judge, State of Oregon
  • Chris S. O'Sullivan, Research Consultant, New York Legal Assistance Group
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Alternative Sentencing Policies for Drug Offenders
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Linda Truitt, Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Roger Werholtz, Secretary of Corrections, Kansas Department of Corrections
  • Don Stemen, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
  • Andres F. Rengifo, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Question and Answer Session
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International Trends in Fighting Child Pornography
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: John Picarelli, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Catherine J. Cummings, Executive Director, Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography, International Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Bjørn-Erik Ludvigsen, Police Superintendent, National Criminal Investigation Service, Oslo, Norway
  • Per-Ake Wecksell, Detective Inspector, Swedish National Criminal Police, Stockholm, Sweden
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Chicago Ceasefire
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Candice M. Kane, Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Project for Violence Prevention Panelists:
  • Frank Perez, Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
  • Charlie Ransford, Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
  • Field Violence Interrupters, Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
  • Question and Answer Session
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Elder Abuse: How Much Occurs and How Do We Measure It?
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Carrie Mulford, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Georgia J. Anetzberger, Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University
  • Ron Acierno, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
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Homicide in the United States
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Acting Director, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Laurie Robinson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
  • James Alan Fox, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University
  • Gary Slutkin, Executive Director, The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, and Professor, University of Illinois
  • Mary Kim Ward, Colonel of Community Resources Bureau, Baltimore County Police Department
  • Question and Answer Session
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Sexual Assault: Obtaining DNA From Evidence Collected up to a Week Later
NIJ Conference
Panel
June 2009

Moderator: Lois Tully, Senior Analyst, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Jack Ballantyne, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida; Associate Director for Research, National Center for Forensic Science
  • Patricia Speck, Assistant Professor and Public Health Nursing Option Coordinator, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Mechthild Prinz, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York, N.Y.
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Parole Violations and Revocations — Evidence-Based Responses to California in Crisis
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
July 2009

Moderator: Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Panelists:
  • Joan Petersilia, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford, Calif.
  • Ryken Grattet, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • Thomas Hoffman, Director, Division of Adult Parole Operations, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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Legitimacy and Community Cooperation With Law Enforcement 
Dr. Tom R. Tyler, New York University
Aug. 25, 2009

Tom R. Tyler, chair of the New York University psychology department, describes research on profiling and community policing. His research found that citizens of all races show greater respect for law enforcement when they believe officers are treating them fairly. Even citizens who experienced a negative outcome getting a traffic ticket, for example showed higher levels of respect for and cooperation with law enforcement as long as they believed they were not being singled out unfairly.
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Men Who Murder Their Families: What the Research Tells Us
Dr. Jackie Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Richard Gelles, University of Pennsylvania,
David Adams, author of Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners
June 2, 2009

Experts discuss cases of domestic violence that escalate to homicide followed by suicide. Although the economy and unemployment are risk factors, prior domestic violence is by far the number one risk factor. The men usually display possessive, obsessive and jealous behavior, and they typically use guns to threaten and terrorize before they use them to kill.
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First Offender Prostitution Program
Interview
August 2009
Michael Shively, Senior Associate, Abt Associates

Michael Shively discusses an evaluation of the First Offender Prostitution Program in San Francisco which has gained tremendous interest across the nation.
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Crime Mapping and Hot Spots Policing
Dr. David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor of Administration of Justice at George Mason University
Oct. 26, 2009

David Weisburd, recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, explains research showing that intensified police patrols in high-crime hot spots can substantially decrease crime without causing it to rise in other areas. He explains the effectiveness of policing that concentrates prevention efforts at less than 5 percent of all street corners and addresses where more than 50 percent of urban crime occurs. The evidence suggests that crimes depend not just on criminals, but also on policing in key places.

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Civil Protection Order Enforcement
NIJ Research for the Real World Seminar
October 2009
T.K. Logan, Professor, University of Kentucky

T.K. Logan discusses her study that looked at the impact of civil protective orders for domestic violence victims in five Kentucky jurisdictions. Civil protective orders, sometimes known as restraining orders, may cover various situations, such as ordering an assailant to avoid a victim's home and workplace or forbidding any contact with the victim, including by mail or telephone.

We also captured an interview with Professor Logan and Teri Faragher, M.S.W., C.S.W., Executive Director, Domestic Violence Prevention Board, Fayette County, Ky., in which they discuss in consequences, responses and costs and protective order effectiveness.
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Can You Predict Lethal Intimate Partner Violence?
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
November 2009

Moderator: Andy Klein, Senior Research Analyst, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Panelists:
  • Marci Van De Mark, Assistant Director of Adult and Community Services Division, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
  • Jacquelyn Campbell, Researcher, Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Anna Wolf, Chair and Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Rene Renick, Director of Programs and Operations, National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Marci Van De Mark, LCSW-C, Assistant Director, Adult and Community Services Division, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
  • Jacquelyn Campbell, Researcher, Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Rene Renick, Director of Programs and Operations, National Network to End Domestic Violence
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From the Academy to Retirement: A Journey Through the Policing Lifecycle
Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum, Professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago
Dec. 11, 2009

Professor Rosenbaum and a panel of colleagues discuss a study to demonstrate the feasibility of creating a foundation from which to launch studies about multiple aspects of policing using standardized definitions and measurement tools. Their goal is to advance knowledge about policing and translate data into evidence-based best practices that improve training, supervision and accountability systems. The effort is expected to produce a better understanding of what motivates police officers and makes them healthier, happier and more effective.
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White Collar Crime
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November 2009
Henry Pontell, Professor, University of California, Irvine
Sally Simpson, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

The subprime mortgage industry collapse has led to a record number of foreclosures. In this environment, the interest mortgage fraud has risen, along with questions of how fraud contributed to the crisis. Henry Pontell and Sally Simpson discuss what they have learned about investigating and prosecuting white-collar criminals, the role of corporate ethics in America, and what policymakers and lawyers can learn from evidence of fraud.
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DNA Evidence and Property Crimes
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
February 2009

Moderator: Katharine Browning, Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice

Panelists:
  • Greg Matheson, Director, Los Angeles Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory
  • Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney, Denver, Colo.
  • John Roman, Researcher, Urban Institute
  • Philip Stanford, Detective, Denver Police Department
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Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
December 2008

Moderator: Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women Panelists:
  • Dorothy Edwards, Director, The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, University of Kentucky
  • David Lisak, Forensic Consulting, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts
  • Chris Krebs, Senior Research Social Scientist, RTI International
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Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
September 2008

Moderator: Kristina Rose, Acting Director, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Rachel Jewkes, Director, South African Medical Research Council's Gender and Health Research Unit; Secretary, Sexual Violence Research Initiative
  • Gary Sheridan, Program Manager for Colombia, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Cindy Dyer, Director, Office on Violence Against Women
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Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
August 2008

Moderator: Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, End Violence Against Women Panelists:
  • Roger Canaff, Deputy Chief, Sex Offender Management Unit, New York State Attorney General's Office
  • Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; President-Elect, International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Jim Markey, Sergeant, Phoenix Police Department
  • Christopher Krebs, RTI International
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Campus Drugs and Sexual Assault
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June 2008
Christopher Krebs, RTI International
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Turkey's Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
Interview
June 2008
Ilknur Altuntas, Judge, Ankara, Turkey
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Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
June 2008

Moderator: Jill Levenson, Associate Professor and Human Services Department Chair, Lynn University Panelists:
  • Kristen Zgoba, Supervisor of Research and Evaluation, New Jersey Department of Corrections in collaboration with Rutgers University
  • Timothy Hart, Director, Nevada's Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Julie Wartell, Crime Analysis Administrator, San Diego County Office of the District Attorney
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Sexual Victimization in Prisons: Moving Toward Elimination
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
February 2008

Moderator: Ashbel Wall, Director, Department of Corrections, Rhode Island Panelists:
  • Allen Beck, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Brenda Smith, Professor of Law, American University; Commissioner, National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
  • Barbara Owen, Professor of Criminology, California State University, Fresno
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What XML Can Do For You: A Better Way to Share Criminal Justice Data
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
October 2007

Moderator: Deborah Daniels, former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs Panelists:
  • Bart Johnson, Deputy Superintendent, New York State Police; Vice-Chair, Global Advisory Committee
  • Paul Wormeli, Executive Director, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute
  • Paul Embley, CIO, National Center for State Courts; Chair, Global XML Structure Task Force
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Fingerprint Identification: The Role of Research in Fortifying the Forensic Sciences
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
May 2007

Moderator: John Morgan, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice Panelists:
  • Michael Campbell, Training Coordinator, Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.; (Retired) Captain, Milwaukee Police Department and Commanding Officer of Identification Division
  • Peter Komarinski, Chair, Automated Fingerprint Identification System Committee, International Association for Identification
  • Carol Henderson, Director, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, Stetson University College of Law
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Eyewitness Identification: Unfinished Discussion and Directions for Future Research
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
February 2007

Moderator: Philip Cline, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department Panelists:
  • Peter Komarinski, Chair, Automated Fingerprint Identification System Committee, International Association for Identification
  • Michael Campbell, Training Coordinator, Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.; (Retired) Captain, Milwaukee Police Department and Commanding Officer of Identification Division
  • James Doyle, Center for Modern Forensic Practice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Nancy Steblay, Professor, Augsburg College
  • Roy S. Malpass, Professor, University of Texas, El Paso
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Drug Courts Reexamined
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
November 2006
Moderator: Tom Charron, President of the American Prosecutors Research Institute
Panelists:
  • Terry Terrell, Judge, Florida's First Judicial Circuit Court
  • Peter Luongo, Director, Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration
  • Mike Rempel, Research Director, Center for Court Innovation
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Prisoner Reentry: Facing the Challenges of Returning Home
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
November 2005

Moderator: Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard University Panelists:
  • Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Terry Donahue, Associate Director, Community Capacity Development Office, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Georgia Lerner, Associate Executive Director for Program Operations, Women's Prison Association
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Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
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May 2005
Akiva Liberman, The Urban Institute
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Sex Trafficking in the United States
Webinar in NIJ's Expert Chat Series
June 2006

Moderator: Swanee Hunt, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University Panelists:

  • John Miller, U.S. State Department
  • Mark Montigny, State Senator, Mass.
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