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Executive Board Statement on the Trump Administration's Policies Related to Crime and Justice - May 2017


ROCHESTER – NY – May 23, 2017 – Measures for Justice (MFJ) released a Data Portal that tracks how criminal cases are being handled at the county level from arrest to post-conviction.

The Data Portal offers unprecedented transparency into local justice systems by collecting and analyzing criminal justice data and presenting them at the county level.

The Portal allows users to review and compare performance data within and across states, and to break them down by race/ethnicity; sex; indigent status; age; offense type; offense severity; and attorney type.

“The data are a treasure trove for communities that will now have access to reliable, informative, and comprehensive data about their criminal justice systems,” said Amy Bach, President and Executive Director, Measures for Justice. “Our Portal is intended to be a starting point for conversations about how to address the multiple issues facing the criminal justice system.”

The Data Portal launches with data from over 300 counties in six states: Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Utah, North Carolina, and Washington.

In addition, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is joining other funders to help support Measures for Justice’s goal of measuring 20 states by 2020. These funders include the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, Google.org, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

“It's a sad reality that in today's America there is no easy way to access the most basic criminal justice data from across the country.  Better access to criminal justice data is important for informing efforts to make our communities safer and our criminal justice system fairer—after all, you can’t solve a problem if you don't have the facts. We’re thrilled to be supporting Measures for Justice’s work.” – David Plouffe, President of Policy and Advocacy, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Data Portal comprises data that has been passed through 32 performance measures developed by some of the country’s most renowned criminologists and scholars. The measures address three primary objectives of criminal justice systems: Public Safety; Fair Process; Fiscal Responsibility.

“I can imagine a wide variety of uses for the data—the courts, the legislature, and law enforcement. It’s an extremely useful tool.” – Steve Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida


About Measures for Justice
Measures for Justice (MFJ) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring transparency to the criminal justice system from arrest to post-conviction at the county level. MFJ collects and analyzes criminal justice data from counties and displays them on a Data Portal that is free to the public. The Data Portal has been six years in the making. The organization was founded in 2011 and, in addition to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is funded with the support of Google.org, the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. For more information, please visit www.measuresforjustice.org.

About Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched in December 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder and CEO of The Primary School in East Palo Alto. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a new kind of philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through engineering, grant making, impact investing, policy and advocacy work. Initial areas of focus include science and education.


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Series Editor: Judith Bessant, RMIT University (Judith.Bessant@rmit.edu.au)

This challenging new book series explores the way governments and key institutions from across the political spectrum have intensified their efforts to criminalize and regulate traditional and new forms of political dissent. The series features major contributions from the social sciences, law and legal studies, media studies, the arts and philosophy to document what happens when the state and other power elites regard the actions of political activists as illegal.

This timely book series explores the legal, political and ethical implications when governments now routinely engage in electronic and digital surveillance, outlaw public assembly and freedom of movement in physical and virtual space and prosecute activists. The books in this series are a must read for anyone interested in the future of democracy.

To propose a book for this series please email Judith.Bessant@rmit.edu.au

For more information please visit www.routledge.com/books/series/CRIMPD


MANUSCRIPT REVIEWERS NEEDED - The International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences (IJCJS), a peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on contemporary issues in criminology, criminal justice and victimology, is currently seeking manuscript reviewers.  As the official journal of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) it provides a publication outlet for established and emerging researchers worldwide.  IJCJS is indexed by SCOPUS, ProQuest, and EBSCO, among others.

If you are interested in serving as a manuscript reviewer or if you would like to submit a manuscript for consideration, please contact Dr. Curtis R. Blakely, Managing Editor, Truman State University, cblakely@truman.edu.



Applications Due:  April 24, 2017  

This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to State, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one of two research categories: 1) narcotics, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution; or 2) drug intelligence and community surveillance. NIJ has identified two drug priorities: 1) heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs); and 2) novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs).

Solicitation:  https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12043.pdf
Webinar:  https://nij.gov/multimedia/Pages/video-fy17-drugs-and-crime-solicitation-webinar.aspx

General information on applying for NIJ awards can be found at www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/welcome.aspx. Answers to frequently asked questions that may assist applicants are posted at www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/faqs.aspx. For assistance with this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp.



The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce the release of the solicitation Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System. With this solicitation, NIJ aims to promote multidisciplinary research in three distinct purpose areas, including the criminal or juvenile justice system responses to children exposed to violence. The other purpose areas are stress and trauma within law enforcement, corrections, and individual communities; and the impact of parental incarceration on children. The intent of this letter is to alert the research community, particularly those who focus on children and youth, of this new funding opportunity. NIJ anticipates up to $4.5 million will be available in FY 2017 to fund multiple awards across the three categories. We have just extended our solicitation another six (6) weeks, and it now closes on May 8, 2017. Please distribute widely to your networks!

This year, children exposed to violence-related research will be housed within this solicitation, resulting from the 2016 Safety Health and Wellness Strategic Plan (https://www.nij.gov/about/strategic-plans/Pages/safety-health-wellness-strategic-research-plan.aspx). NIJ is seeking to fund research that promotes the safety, health, and wellness of individuals affected by, or employed within, the criminal justice system. While all three categories in this solicitation aim to achieve these goals, two specifically focus on children.

NIJ is committed to research promoting the safety for victims of crime and violence and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the criminal justice system’s response to violence and victimization. Since 2012, NIJ has funded 11 awards focused on children exposed to violence. Research indicates that early exposure to violence has a significant influence on a child’s behavior and ability to learn and develop coping strategies. It is associated with increased delinquency as well as later academic failure, aggression, substance abuse, adult criminality, depression, and other mental health issues. However, research also shows that positive outcomes are associated with the disruption of violence. This year, NIJ is seeking to enhance the research on services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children identified as witnesses to, or victims of, violence and trauma across a broad range of violence exposures. 

A second area of funding within this solicitation seeks research on children of incarcerated parents. While research is beginning to understand the risk factors associated with parental incarceration and the conditions that drive negative externalizing behaviors and outcomes in children of incarcerated parents, it is less clear when these risks are introduced to children of incarcerated parents and the relationship between the length of parental justice-involvement needs and these risk factors. NIJ would like to move the literature beyond focusing exclusively on the impact of long-term prison incarceration to an examination of the risks that may be associated with shorter parental incarceration in jails and parental justice-involvement in general, including the risks associated with parental arrest. Of particular interest is the impact of shorter or multiple parental jails stays on the alternative support system for children.

The final area of funding within this solicitation seeks researchers interested in examining the impact of acute and chronic stress on two populations: (a) law enforcement and corrections officers and (b) individuals in violent communities. For both populations, NIJ is interested in the use of physiological and neurological quantitative physiological and neurological methods to identify the impact that frequent exposure to stress and traumatic events has on the health and wellness of both populations, especially as it relates to the identification, development, and treatment of stress-related disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)). Additionally, the assessment of programs aimed at treating stress and stress-related disorders among these two populations is of interest.

A webinar on this solicitation was held on February 21, 2017, archived here:

Download the solicitation (pdf, 42 pages).

The solicitation can be found also at Grants.gov.

·         Category 1: Stress and Trauma: Competition ID: NIJ-2017-12040
·         Category 2: Impact of Parental Jail Incarceration: Competition ID: NIJ-2017-12041
·         Category 3: Children Exposed to Violence: Competition ID: NIJ-2017-12042

Application deadline: May 8, 2017

Submission Process: Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must meet the requirements of the Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System solicitation, and be submitted to Grants.gov by May 8, 2017. Find general information on applying for NIJ awards on our Funding page at http://nij.gov/funding.

Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD is one of the leading organiser of several successful annual international academic trainings and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights which these events bring together state, private and public sector representatives.

Its pleasure for us to invite you to join the next 10-20 Days International Summer Academy and 3 Month CAS-Research Program which will be held in Switzerland.

During the Summer Program 2017 experienced experts of IPD will share with you professional and academic skills about Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Security, Intercultural Dialogue & Human Rights topics. This year we include also 1 day to trip Zurich City for Sightseeing and have lunch together.

Depends from the opportunities in the filled application participants can choose either 10 or 20 days summer program or you can stay for 3 month period as a researcher.

VII International Summer Academy: 11 - 20 August, 2017 (10 Days)
VIII International Summer Academy: 20 - 29 August, 2017 (10 Days)

The main goal of the 10-20 days Summer Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives of state organisations, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through institutional global academic education in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue.

Deadline for Applications:
01 June, 2017

Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017

Program Link:

3 Month CAS - Research Program: 11 August - 08 November, 2017 (90 Days)

The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the research skills of the participants and to closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutes.

Deadline for Applications:
01 June, 2017

Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017

Program Link:

Application IPD SA & 3 Month CAS


We are looking for state, private, public and academic sending partner institutions from all over the world countries to send their individual or group participants to our short-long term academic programs. If your Institution interesting to be our sending partner organization, we will be glad to receive your proposals by email.

Participation Procedure Step by Step:

Submitting filled application in WORD format, CV + scanned passport page till the Deadline

Participant will receive Invoice to start the payment of the requested participation fee amount

After receiving the participation fee, participant will receive the unconditional letter via email and if there is required visa application process IPD will send invitation letter by post and also to the relevant embassy by email or fax.

We strongly advice to the participants to submit the filled application as soon as it`s possible, who needs visa to enter Switzerland and who needs more financial documentation in the work place for his/her participation.

IPD offer several type of scholarship support to reduce the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.

If you wish to get discounted participation fee amount, please write your request briefly via email before or during the application submission period.

Unfortunately IPD scholarship sources do not cover all the participation fee amount and international travel expenses and we only could offer you discounted fee amount.

If you will be any more questions or suggestions, please feel free to write us by email to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch  
We are looking forward to see you in Switzerland!

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