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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    Prosecutor Priorities, Challenges, and Solutions

    Apr 18, 2019

    What are the most pressing challenges that prosecutors face today? What solutions could help mitigate some of these challenges? An expert panel identified priority needs and solutions for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the prosecutorial component of the criminal justice system.

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    Managing the Seriously Mentally Ill in Corrections

    Apr 2, 2019

    A disproportionate number of individuals with serious mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system. At a RAND-convened workshop, experts identified the high-priority for managing those individuals in corrections, and how to achieve better outcomes.

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    Using Video Analytics and Sensor Fusion in Law Enforcement

    Dec 28, 2018

    Results of a workshop examining the issues associated with use of video technology in law enforcement, including business cases for use, key innovation needs, and privacy and civil rights protections.

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