Strengthening Forensic Science at the National Institute of Justice
This new study will review the progress made by the National Institute of Justice to advance forensic science research since the 2009 report Strenghtening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward and the 2010 report Strengthening the National Institute of Justice, and identify areas where improvement is needed.
The committee has recently been appointed and will hold its first meeting on February 25-26, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Recent Meeting of the
Committee on Law and Justice
CLAJ was honored by the attendance and participation of former and current NIJ directors:
Jeremy Travis (CLAJ chair and former director), John Laub (professor at Maryland University and former director), William Sabol (acting director), Howard Spivak (Deputy Director) and Nancy Rodriguez (incoming director).
? Meeting Agenda
|The Growth of Incarceration in the United States|
The reception of this report has been exceptional. The report is one of a few reports to be reviewed by The New York Review of Books and was the National Academy Press' 4th most downloaded report in 2014.
The report webpage documents events and news related to report dissemination and a toolkit of materials (including issue briefs and a report summary).
|CLAJ Newsletter - Winter 2015|
Interview with CLAJ member David Weisburd, who received the 2014 Edwin H. Sutherland Award.
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|Lee Appointed as Executive Director of Maryland's Office for Children|
Arlene Lee, Director of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) was recently appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve as the new Executive Director of the State of Maryland's Office for Children. Lee, who has been at the NRC since 2012, will assume her new duties on February 16. Malay Majmundar, a long-time DBASSE staff member, will serve as acting CLAJ director while the search for a permanent director is underway.
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Understanding the U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market:
This report reviews the nature of illicit tobacco markets, evidence for policy effects, and variations among different countries with a focus on implications for the United States, and identifies a range of possible polilcy and enforcement interventions by the U.S. federal government and/or states and localities.
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Guide for the Legal Sector for Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking
The 2013 report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States, found that the United States is in the very early stages of recognizing, understanding, and developing solutions for these crimes. The knowledge and ability of law enforcment professionals, attorneys, and judges to identify victims, investigate cases, and make appropriate referrals is crucial to the development of an overall response to these crimes. This guide summarizes the information that is most relevant to individuals within the legal sector who interact in some way with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of these crimes.
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Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification
Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification explains the science that has emerged during the past 30 years on eyewitness identifications and identifies best practices in eyewitness procedures for the law enforcement community and in the presentation of eyewitness evidence in the courtroom.
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: The Federal Role
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: the Federal Role identifies and prioritizes strategies and policies to effectively facilitate reform of the juvenile justice system and develop an implementation plan for OJJDP. Based on the 2013 report Reforming Juvenile Justice, this report is designed to provide specific guidance to OJJDP regarding the steps that it should take, both internally and externally, to facilitate juvenile justice reform grounded in knowledge about adolescent development.