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International Perspectives and Lessons Learned on Desistance

This white paper explores how insights from desistance research have been used in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, further afield. It discusses how desistance has been defined and operationalized, and reviews the main associates and correlates of desistance. 

Research for the Real World on Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Join NIJ for an open virtual discussion about the current terrorist threat landscape, how it has changed in the last five to ten years, and strategies to best address this threat at the local and national levels. We’ll review how several key events in 2021 shaped the way we think about research and policy in the fields of radicalization and extremism. 

Consortium to Prevent Violence Against Woman

The NIJ-funded Violence Against Women Consortium at Rutgers works collaboratively with interdisciplinary researchers at NIJ to identify, implement, and disseminate research and evaluation projects that fill the gaps in our current knowledge on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence. 

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What is labor trafficking?

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.

NIJ’s Term of the Month promotes research-based definitions of criminal justice terms.

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. 

NIJ Virtual Conference on School Safety

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CrimeSolutions Program and Practice Ratings

Red-Light Camera Interventions for Reducing Traffic Violations and Crashes

Red-light cameras are a traffic enforcement mechanism that permit police to remotely enforce traffic signals, to deter red-light running at signalized intersections. Red-light cameras are a fully automated photo detection system that includes cameras, sensors or triggers, and a computer. 

Milwaukee (Wis.) County Diversion Program

This is a prosecutor-led pretrial diversion program to rehabilitate individuals with misdemeanor or felony offenses who are at low risk of reoffending. 

Milwaukee County (Wis.) Deferred Prosecution Program

This is a prosecutor-led pretrial diversion program to rehabilitate individuals convicted of misdemeanor or felony offenses who are at medium risk of reoffending. 

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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 prisoner risk and needs assessment system, and develop recommendations regarding effective evidence-based recidivism reduction programs and activities.