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 and policy needs across the criminal justice community. This effort is a component of the Criminal Justice Requirements and Resources Consortium, which also supports and enables the success of the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholars and agencies.

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    Preventing Intimate Partner Abuse

    First developed in the 1970s, programs focused on intimate partner violence prevention are designed to hold perpetrators accountable for their behavior and to prioritize safety and justice for victims. What might help make these programs more effective?

    Jul 27, 2022

  • Inmate Marvin Worthy uses his JPay tablet device inside the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, New Jersey, July 12, 2018, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters


    Leveraging Technology to Support Prisoner Reentry

    How can technology help ease the transition from jails or prisons back into the community—and ensure better outcomes for individuals who have been incarcerated?

    May 3, 2022

  • Volunteers with the Red Sand Project raise awareness on the problem of human trafficking at information tables set up in Holiday Gas Stations in Great Falls, Montana, March 31, 2021, photo by Rion Sanders/USA Today via Reuters


    The Nexus Between Sex Trafficking and Substance Use

    Substance use disorders are common among sex trafficking victims. Drugs or alcohol may be used to lure, coerce, or control them, and they may use substances to cope with trauma. This creates barriers to accessing treatment, support services, and assistance from criminal justice agencies.

    Feb 24, 2022

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