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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  • A statue of Lady Justice wearing a face mask, photos by Ulf, Honcharuk/Adobe Stock; design by Peter Soriano/RAND Corporation

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    Lessons Learned from the Justice System's Pandemic Response

    Apr 8, 2021

    Incarcerated populations, corrections staff, court personnel, and law enforcement were hit hard by COVID-19. At the same time, national protests after the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans increased pressure for criminal justice reform. Insights from this time could help the justice system prepare for future challenges.

  • A man using wearable sensor technology, photo by Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

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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.

  • The exterior wall of a prison surrounded by barbed wire fence. Photo by eddiesimages / Getty Images

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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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