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Criminal Justice Technology Testing and Evaluation Center

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $3,500,000)

The Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Center (CJTEC) provides rigorous and independent information to the criminal justice community concerning emerging technologies and practices in law enforcement, corrections, courts, forensic laboratories, and juvenile justice programs. CJTEC will inform research and technology adoptions based on input from practitioners, stakeholders, policymakers, researchers, and industry. With direction from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), RTI International will provide operational oversight and technical capacity for the Center which will focus on five primary tasks: (1) conducting secondary research on technologies and technology implementation for potential use by criminal justice communities; (2) performing experimental testing and evaluation on technologies to inform potential adoption; (3) conducting experimental or rigorous quasi-experimental research and evaluation of technology implementation; (4) administering the NIJ Compliance Testing Program; and (5) supporting the development, validation, and maintenance of criminal justice equipment standards. CJTEC acts as an honest broker to provide technology and implementation insights and rigorous research, testing, and evaluation to examine system performance, safety, and operational impact while addressing potential unintended consequences of practitioner adoption in real-world settings. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 8, 2023