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R&D Symposium at AAFS 2024

The Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence will host the annual NIJ Research and Development Symposium at the 76th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) conference on February 20, 2024. You do not need to be registered for the AAFS conference to join us in-person or online for the open symposium.

Improving Analysis of “Trace DNA” Evidence

Forensic researchers have a found potential way to better analyze unknown evidence samples from crime scenes that have low amounts of DNA. An NIJ-funded study found that direct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis outperformed standard PCR methods, with higher quality trace DNA samples recovered on many of the items tested. 

NIJ’s 2024 National Research Conference

NIJ’s 2024 National Research Conference will take place September 16-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’re currently accepting submissions for lightning talk presentations and for our poster session. Interested in sharing your research? Submissions for both opportunities are due by Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Term of the Month - Push and Pull Factors

In criminology, push and pull factors are conditions that lead people either toward or away from criminal behaviors or extremist ideologies.

Criminal Justice Data Archives

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data archives data on crime and justice and contains data from over 2,700 curated studies or statistical data series. The website is home to several large-scale datasets, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, FBI's Uniform Crime Reports and National Incident-Based Reporting System, and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods.

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List of Compliant Ballistic Resistant Body Armor

NIJ certifies torso-worn ballistic resistant body armor for law enforcement that complies with the requirements our Compliance Testing Program. If you’re in the law enforcement profession, review a newly updated list of all compliant armor, searching by manufacturing company, gender, threat levels, and other factors.

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NIJ awards research, development, testing, and evaluation grants.
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Review a list of publications and articles from both NIJ and the researchers we fund.
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Check out a list of our upcoming events. If you don't see anything of interest, we also offer a number of recorded, on-demand event and training opportunities.
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Find articles and other information on a wide variety of criminal justice topics.

CrimeSolutions Program and Practice Ratings

Promoting First Relationships for Native Families

This is a home-visiting program to foster positive caregiver–child relationships in Native families.

Impact of the Wraparound Program for Dually Involved Youth (Florida) on Youth Arrests

The program is an intensive case management model for providing services to youths simultaneously involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

This practice utilizes a multi-tiered system of supports designed to make schools more effective in establishing a school culture and building a behavioral supports system to improve students’ behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes. It involves three tiers of support, including both prevention and intervention efforts.

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The First Step Act

The First Step Act of 2018 aims to reform the federal prison system and reduce recidivism. NIJ is working to assess and develop an existing risk and needs assessment system for incarcerated individuals, and develop recommendations regarding effective evidence-based recidivism reduction programs and activities.