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National Law Enforcement Museum Opens

The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building has officially opened its doors to the public. The Museum, located in the historic Judiciary Square, tells the story of American law enforcement through pivotal moments in history that changed policing, beginning with the earliest forms of colonial law and order, through the formation of the FBI, the civil rights movement, the 9/11 terror attacks, and current day events like Ferguson, MO. and community relations. It is the only Museum in the country that explores nearly every facet of American law.  To read the full Press Release statement click here.


National Association of African American Studies National Conference

The National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) and Affiliates will host their national conference in Dallas,Texas February 11 - 16, 2019. The national organization will host scholars from international countries such as India, China, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Nigeria and others. The planning committee expects an attendance to exceed 1,200 professionals. The national organization welcomes research that speaks to the global criminal element and justice system. Abstracts may include, but are not limited to: Black women in Prison, does the punishment fit the crime, impact of socio - economic conditions on crime, role of police in monitoring the criminal element, training personnel to serve in the justice system, political fight to give felons who have completed her/his term in a correction facility the right to vote, police targeting, and other related topics.


Any questions regarding submitting abstracts or registering for the conference should be directed to: or (207) 856-2500.

Criminal Justice Review

Criminal Justice Review invites submissions for a special issue “Police Body-Worn Cameras,” edited by Dr. Matthew Crow and Dr. John Oritz Smykla. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2018. More information available here.


New Resource on the Justice System and People with Disabilities
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities often face unique and serious challenges when involved with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, whether in courts, prisons, detention centers, or community encounters with law enforcement. They may, for example, experience difficulty responding to questions, explaining what happened, or understanding and following instructions. Justice professionals may misinterpret behaviors of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or other disabilities as intent to harm others or as defiance when the individual is actually acting out of confusion, distress, fear or lack of understanding.

The new publication, Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities ( offers justice professionals and the disability community leading-edge articles that help them work together to address these and other challenges, and support equal access to justice for all. Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.