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Director’s Corner: Explaining the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

As Director of NIJ, it is my responsibility to ensure we use science to address the multitude of complex criminal justice challenges we face today. Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of this Administration, respective federal agencies, local police departments, and media outlets. Although many debates have ensued and commentaries abound, objective, scientific work to inform such conversations has been limited.

Director's Message: New Research Projects Funded in Fiscal Year 2015

One of NIJ’s most crucial tasks as a science agency is making decisions about which research proposals to fund. I’m pleased to report that for fiscal year 2015, NIJ made over $156 million in grant awards to more than 210 research projects. These awards reflect NIJ’s commitment to funding rigorous research that helps practitioners and policymakers make criminal justice decisions based on sound scientific evidence.  

Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission.

The Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences track is open to doctoral students in all social and behavioral science disciplines. The fellowship awards provide support for 12 months to accredited universities for research on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics.

Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism in Montgomery County

August, 2016
 

August 2016

Darryl McSwain, Assistant Chief at Montgomery County Police Department, discusses the “Montgomery County Model” to prevent domestic radicalization and violence extremism. This included working with schools support youth before they take part in negative behavior and working with researchers to develop culturally-sensitive prevention programs that are effective.

 

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
October 2016

Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
October 2016

Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
October 2016

Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.