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Making Schools Safe for Students

School shootings are frightening. However, today's students are less likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school, including a gun, than they were 10 years ago. Data suggest that school crime rates have dropped nationwide since the early 1990s and that the student victimization rate declined by 70% from 1992 to 2013.

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. .
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Gang Membership Prevention Programs

Designed to deter youth from joining gangs, these programs can be delivered either to a universal population (i.e., all youth regardless of risk level), or to youth identified as being at-risk or gang membership. It's rated Promising for reducing the likelihood that youth will join a gang.
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Forensic Science Resources for the Field

NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) provides objective and reliable information to the forensic science community in the form of reports, webinars, podcasts, social media, and more. Forensic professionals can access these resources for free.