National Center for State Courts Partners with Measures for Justice to Develop Court Data Standards
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and Measures for Justice (MFJ) announce the “National Court Open Data Standards Project,” a new partnership that will facilitate and accelerate access to county-level court data. This collaboration between NCSC and MFJ will improve access to court data, which is critical for researchers and stakeholders seeking to improve the public’s understanding of how the justice system is working. What’s more, a uniform data standard will lead to better data quality and enable faster and more reliable data access. This project is a vital step towards closing the criminal justice data gap in states nationwide.
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.
Individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts before November 11, 2018. Abstracts should not exceed two typed pages. Submit to:
(1)firstname.lastname@example.org (2) fax - 207-856-2800, or (3) mail to: NAAAS & Affiliates, P.O. Box 545, Westbrook, Maine 04098
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Any questions should be directed to: email@example.com 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. More information available here.
DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance Seeking Peer Reviewers
DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is currently seeking peer reviewers to assess grant applications and we need YOUR help! BJA needs reviewers who are subject matter experts in their fields and come from diverse backgrounds, regions, and experience. Reviewers will participate remotely and will not be required to attend any in-person meetings. Participants will review and score 10-20 applications within a 2-week period. Reviewers are also required to participate in an Orientation Call before beginning their review. The purpose of the Orientation Call is to define the role and responsibilities of the peer reviewers as well as the background and purpose of the grant program being peer reviewed. Reviewers are paid $125 for each application reviewed. If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please submit an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid e-mail address, to: BJAreviewer@ojp.usdoj.gov. Please put "Peer Reviewer Candidate Resume" in the subject line.
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, and among the topics in this issue are:
• What justice system professionals need to know about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Models for identifying barriers to equal access and providing accommodations in courtrooms, prisons, and precincts
• Creating positive relationships among law enforcement, individuals with disabilities, families, and disability organizations
• Why families, educators, and disability service professionals need to discuss sexual nuances with youth and young adults
• Models for supporting successful re-entry of youth with disabilities from juvenile justice facilities into the community
• Prisons, the death penalty, and the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Training for de-escalation and diversion in encounters between law enforcement and people with disabilities
• Personal stories from justice system professionals, parents, individuals with disabilities, and disability service providers