Call for Papers for Justice Research and Policy (JRP)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is announcing a call for papers to appear in a special issue of Justice Research and Policy (JRP), sponsored by the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). BJS wants to showcase the utility and relevance of NIBRS data for criminal justice stakeholders. In furtherance of this objective, BJS and JRSA have partnered to publish a special issue of JRP devoted to NIBRS that demonstrates the importance of crime data analyses in local areas. The papers for this special journal issue should be authored by State Analysis Centers (SAC), State Uniform Crime Programs, crime analysts, and local law enforcement agencies. The analyses must demonstrate how these stakeholders have used NIBRS to inform responses to crime in localities. The special journal issue is tentatively slated for release on or about April 2020. The substantive topics of the journal articles are somewhat open; however, the pieces should highlight topics for which NIBRS data provides unique information for local areas, particularly as compared to summary crime data or other sources of crime incident information. Some examples include—fraud, arrest and clearance, gun violence, hate/bias crimes, and assaults against law enforcement. Dr. Shannan Catalano of BJS and Dr. Howard Snyder will be serving as editors. Dr. Brad Brick will be serving as the JRSA liaison. If you are interested in collaborating with us on this journal, please contact Shannan Catalano at Shannan.Catalano@usdoj.gov or 202.616.3502.
Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration
The Aleph Institute is an NGO focused on developing innovative solutions in our criminal justice system. They are pleased to share news of their upcoming Rewriting the Sentence 2019 summit, which is being hosted at Columbia Law School on June 17-18, 2019. The summit aims to transform the culture around sentencing in the US criminal justice community and promote awareness of alternatives to incarceration. The event will feature an all-star lineup of speakers, including: Hon. Jeremy Fogel, former head of the Federal Judicial Center, and Hon. Virginia Phillips, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.
Aleph would be honored to have your participation at the summit. As there is limited space, they are reserving seats for judges, prosecutors, and probation personnel. Aleph would be most appreciative if you can let them know whether you can participate, at your earliest convenience. Please feel free to register your attendance at http://rewritingthesentence.org/attend. Cost: free.
RFP Request: Review of the Harris County (Houston) Criminal Justice System
Harris County in Houston, TX is soliciting proposals for a Review of the Harris County Criminal Justice System. Harris County seeks a comprehensive, multi-phase review of the County’s criminal justice system to evaluate its efficiency, effectiveness, fairness, and equity at various stages of the process at the aggregate level, as well as within and across individual entities performing criminal justice functions in the County.
Proposals are due Monday, June 17, 2019 no later than 2:00 P.M. local time in Houston, TX.
Interested parties should register and download the RFP on Harris County’s website to receive updates regarding this project (https://bids.hctx.net/bso). Questions should be directed to Jorge Geronimo at Jorge.Geronimo@pur.hctx.net or 713-274-4411.
Justice Quarterly Review Call for Papers
Jeffery Ulmer, the JQ Review Editor, is pleased to invite submissions for the 2019 JQ Review issue: Sentencing Decisions in Context. We invite manuscripts that examine topics such as:
- Sentencing in the context of earlier prosecutorial decisions
- Sentencing in the context of policy changes
- Sentencing as conditioned by organizational or socio-political contexts
- Sentencing disparities connected to intersecting social statuses
- Sentencing and death penalty decisions
We will consider theoretical as well as empirical papers, and we welcome quantitative, qualitative, and multimethod research. All submissions will be subject to peer review and are due no later than May 31th, 2019. Please submit manuscripts through JQ’s Scholar One submission site, following the Justice Quarterly Instructions for authors. In your cover letter please note that your submission is specifically for the Justice Quarterly Review issue, so that it is assigned to the Review Editor. If you have questions, please submit them to Jeffery Ulmer by email at email@example.com.
For more information about Justice Quarterly, please visit www.tandfonline.com/rjqy.
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program, which provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses BJS's criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on one of the top Department of Justice (DOJ) priorities: enhancing national security and countering terrorism threats, securing the borders and enhancing immigration enforcement, reducing violent crime and promoting public safety, or prosecuting federal drug crimes and enforcing the rule of law.
Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider sponsoring qualified doctoral students from social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, data science, or statistics for their applications. BJS anticipates making awards to successful applicant institutions on behalf of the sponsored doctoral student in the form of grants to cover a doctoral student fellowship. Awards will not exceed $40,000. Awarded funds will cover all allowable expenses over the project period. Additional funds will not be provided (see Section B. Federal Award Information). If the doctoral student's dissertation is not completed and delivered to BJS within 5 years from the date of the fellowship award, the academic institution may be required to return the full award amount to BJS. The Director of BJS will make final award decisions.
Deadline: All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2019.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to degree-granting educational institutions in the United States. To be eligible, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Under this solicitation, the applicant institution must apply as the sponsor on behalf of a doctoral student whose dissertation research substantially uses data made available by BJS.
Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact Kevin M. Scott, Law Enforcement Unit Chief, by telephone at 202-307-0765, or by email at Askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "2019GRFPCJS" in the subject line.
NIJ Solicitation: Research into Immigration and Crime
With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research projects that increase understanding of the relationship between immigration, both legal and illegal, and crime. Applicants should propose research projects that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. NIJ encourages applicants to submit proposals for innovative approaches to advance the field’s rigor and methodology in understanding the relationship between immigration and crime.
NIJ strongly encourages applicants to propose the most rigorous possible methods for isolating the effects of immigration status on criminality, offending and victimization, and how those effects may vary based on subtypes of crimes and subtypes of offenders and victims.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2019.
This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat. See also NIJ.gov's solicitation FAQ page.
Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, October 17-19, 2019. Portland, Oregon
Theme: “The Profession of Sociological Practice.” In the last quarter century, applied and clinical sociologists have marshalled significant momentum to “professionalize” sociological practice. Join sociologists who serve the public in sundry occupations in the academic and non-academic workplace and professional marketplace. Open to all sociologists, social and behavioral scientists, and professionals who use social and behavioral science in business and industry, government, and academia. AACS is not just about “papers.” Organize a professional development workshop, panel, roundtable, or poster session. Submit a project for the Social Design Award (http://www.aacsnet.net/, Association tab). Students participate in a paper competition and a client problem-solving competition (Competition tab). Deadline: June 1, 2019. http://www.aacsnet.net/ Go to Conference tab.
Call for Chapter Proposals
Proposals Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019
Full Chapters Due: March 10, 2019
Submission Date: May 21, 2019
The call for chapter proposals centers on human services and the Muslim community. Helping professionals with little experience working with Muslims may face their own challenges understanding the unique needs of Muslim clients. This books seeks to present research and evidence-based practice to bridge the gap in knowledge for helping professionals. The chapter is open to a wide variety of helping profession topics; however, we have a specific need on intimate partner violence services and victim services.
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 25, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 25, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 10, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
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(ici.umn.edu/products/impact301) 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.