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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