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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    Law Enforcement Could Benefit from Wearable Sensor Technology

    Nov 2, 2020

    Wearable sensor technology devices are not yet developed for law enforcement purposes, but they have potential to equip agencies with data to improve officer safety, health, and well-being. Now is the time for law enforcement to participate in the development process.

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    Risk and Needs Assessments in Prisons

    Sep 9, 2020

    Risk and needs assessment (RNA) tools are critical to interventions to reduce recidivism, but implementing such tools within prisons can be challenging. Additional training and guidance for leadership, evaluation of RNA tools, and research assessing the effectiveness of approaches are needed.

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    The Law Enforcement Response to Homelessness

    Aug 25, 2020

    To better understand the potential challenges of the law enforcement response to homelessness, this workshop of practitioners and researchers discussed current law enforcement responses and identified the highest-priority needs to support and improve existing efforts.

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