National Institute of Justice


From Evidence-Based Practices to a Comprehensive Intervention Model for High-Risk Young Men" offers solutions for the corrections community to bridge the gap between research-based practices and a fully functioning intervention model for reducing recidivism and keep communities safe.

Learn about how one organization successfully bridged this gap, and used evidence-based practices and data-driven programs to help more young people transform their lives.

Read the paper (pdf, 28 pages).

NIJ has made 20 new awards in 2017 for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fellows, totaling $960,861. The GRF-STEM program funds dissertation research across a wide range of topics to criminal justice, including the forensic sciences.

See a full list of GRF-STEM awards.

In addition, NIJ made four new awards this year for GRF Social and Behavioral Science fellows, totaling $127,749. The fellowship awards provide support for 12 months to accredited universities for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics.

See a full list of GRF-SBS awards.

Erroneous convictions can have immeasurable consequences for exonerees, original crime victims, and families. Additionally, they may also have long-lasting negative effects on the witnesses, investigators, lawyers, judges, and other criminal justice professionals involved in erroneous convictions.

A review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court.

Read a new NIJ Journal article.

Portable System for Tool Mark Analysis

Portable system shown as packed in a small suitcase

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NIJ-supported researchers developed a prototype tool mark analysis system to provide forensic examiners with the ability to characterize a tool-marked surface and evaluate the likelihood that the two surfaces match using a statistical algorithm.

Learn more about the project.

Become an NIJ Research Assistant!

Research Assistantship Program 2018, Apply Now

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Are you a doctoral student? Students from all disciplines can apply their expertise to the criminal justice field. Work with your universities to apply for funding to become an NIJ Research Assistant for the upcoming academic year.

Learn more about the program.