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Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers

NIJ is accepting applications for this year’s Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars program. The LEADS Scholars program supports the professional development and research capacity of mid-career officers dedicated to advancing policing through science. The goal is to produce research that informs policy and practice in policing.
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New Forensics Office Director

NIJ welcomes Lucas Zarwell as Director of the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences. He served as Chief Toxicologist for Washington, D.C.’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and received certification as Diplomate of Forensic Toxicology from the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists. He’s also a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.
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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.

Faith-Based Correctional Programs Rated

This practice includes interventions that are designed to promote prosocial and religious messages, to change inmate attitudes (including reducing criminal attitudes) and decrease institutional misconduct. This practice is rated No Effects for reducing institutional misconduct and reducing antisocial beliefs.