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for the Week of March 4th

1) NCJA Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is seeking nominations for its annual NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities.
Program criteria to be evaluated includes:
  • Does the program address an important criminal justice issue? 
  • Does the program demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies or disciplines?
  • Can the program provide quantitative evidence of its effectiveness in accomplishing program goals?
  • Does the program leverage federal, state, local or other non-governmental funds and resources?
  • Can the program be easily replicated in other jurisdictions?
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, 2020. Nominations will be accepted online, or by email to

Read the full announcement here: NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards.

2) Research Project: FIU & LUC Advancing Prosecutorial Effectiveness and Fairness through Data and Innovation

A two- year project implemented by Florida International University (FIU) and Loyola University Chicago, is working with four prosecutor’s offices in Chicago, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, and Tampa to address  prosecutors’ need to become more data-driven and strategic. The project will help prosecutors improve data and analytical capacity, develop and implement new performance indicators to assess progress over time, and respond to the need to ameliorate racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. The project is funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
So far three reports have been published: one on prosecutorial attitudes, perspectives, and priorities and two more on race, ethnicity and prosecution. Access them all here

3) Article: Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis

The Vera Institute of Justice Report, “Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis: Moving from Punishment to Harm Reduction and Health,” discusses how communities across the country struggle to respond to drug overdoses, which are the leading cause of accidental deaths.

This report discusses the need for a new model that will prioritize community health, harm reduction and recovery, while addressing how the “war on drugs” has driven mass incarceration, intensified racial disparities within the criminal justice system, and ravaged communities of color. It offers practical guidance for practitioners, policymakers, and funders by identifying a wide range of interventions that communities can consider to minimize justice system contact for people who use drugs and improve public health and safety. Read more here.


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PJI Updates Position on Pretrial Assessment Tools

Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) announced their updated position on pretrial risk assessment tools, opining that pretrial risk assessment tools, designed to predict an individual’s appearance in court without a new arrest, can no longer be a part of the solution for building equitable pretrial justice systems. In the announcement, PJI states that "regardless of their science, brand, or age, these tools are derived from data reflecting structural racism and institutional inequity that impact our court and law enforcement policies and practices. Use of that data then deepens the inequity.There is no pretrial justice without racial justice — and we were wrong for having these tools as part of our “smart” pretrial justice framework." Read the full announcement here

Funding Opportunity: COSSAP 2020
The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COSSAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs of abuse. The competitive grant solicitation deadline is May 21, 2020. The full solicitation is available here.

RStreet: "Why Prosecutorial Discretion Must Be Less Discreet for Criminal Justice"
RStreet Institute's article "Why Prosecutorial Discretion Must Be Less Discreet for Criminal Justice" discusses the familiar term “prosecutorial discretion." Legislators have expressed concerns because some prosecutors have begun using their discretion to divert low level offenses. However, with more than 13 million misdemeanor charges filed every year in the country, there are simply too many offenses and possible offenders to actually prosecute them all- making some level of prosecutorial discretion "inevitable." Read the full article here

ONDCP: National Drug Control Strategy 2020
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) published the Trump Administration's National Drug Control Strategy, outlining the President’s priorities for confronting the challenges of drug trafficking and use. The strategy also identifies the importance of the partnership between law enforcement and public health professionals and highlights deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Read the full report here (for diversion see page 13). 



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