Improving policing depends on producing and then using the best available evidence when making decisions, developing policies, and designing programs and practices. Our new publication is a guidebook that presents a practical framework for understanding evidence-based policing (EBP) that it is understandable, feasible, and directly tied to making policing more effective.
The role of courts is crucial to the fair administration of justice. The research agenda outlined in the new NIJ Courts Strategic Research Plan is intended to improve our knowledge and understanding of the role of courts in upholding justice, and to communicate our research agenda to advance our courts research mission.
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.
The rating for Advocacy Interventions for Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence has been updated to No Effects for reducing physical abuse. This Practice, which uses advocacy interventions to empower women who have experienced intimate partner violence, was originally rated Promising but has been updated to reflect findings from a more recent meta-analysis.