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Research Will Shape the Future of Proactive Policing

Proactive policing—strategies and tools for stopping crime before it occurs—appears to be here to stay, but important challenges persistAn NIJ Journal article outlines community-focused research that seeks new pathways for harmonizing proactive policing strategies with progress on community justice values and protection of residents’ legal rights.
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American Indian or Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate students can apply for a conference travel scholarship to explore the application of their studies to public safety, crime, and justice. They will meet researchers and practitioners engaged in similar work and learn evidence-based and technological solutions to justice issues.
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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. 

Promising Youth Mentoring Program

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is an intervention designed to prevent future criminal activity among system-involved youth through using short-term, high-intensity relationships with paid mentors, referred to as Advocates. Program participants showed statistically significant improvement in educational engagement and reductions in serious dispositions.