Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative

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On behalf of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the RAND Corporation in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), RTI International, and the University of Denver is carrying out a research effort to assess and prioritize technology needs across the criminal justice community. This effort is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System, which is an integral part of NIJ's science and technology program.

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    Fostering Innovation Across the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    Mar 23, 2020

    What are the common technology challenges facing the three central sections of the criminal justice system—law enforcement, the courts, and corrections agencies? What innovative solutions could be implemented to address these challenges?

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    Court Appearances in Criminal Proceedings Through Telepresence

    Jan 20, 2020

    What challenges do courts face in leveraging new technologies, such as telepresence, and how can these be addressed? A workshop convened by RAND explored the potential benefits and burdens of the technology and identified innovative solutions for addressing concerns regarding their use for criminal court appearances.

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    What Could Help Law Enforcement Deal with Crime on the Dark Web?

    Oct 29, 2019

    Crime in traditional online forums often leaves a trail of data that can be followed. But on the dark web, the process of collecting those data and turning them into evidence can be difficult. A panel of law enforcement practitioners and researchers identified ways to address this challenge.

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