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Equipment and Technology


Community Corrections Technology: Experts Identify Top Needs for Tech Solutions to Mounting Probation and Parole System Challenges
National Institute of Justice, March 2021

Specialized Smartphones Could Keep Released Offenders on Track for Successful Reentry
National Institute of Justice, April 2020

Using Translational Tools To Reduce Recidivism in Hidalgo County, Texas
Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2017

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative
Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2017

The Role of Equipment Performance Standards in Correctional Settings
National Institute of Justice, February 2017

Automated Kiosks Can Help Community Supervision Agencies Manage High Caseloads of Low-risk Clients
National Institute of Justice, January 2017

Identifying Technology Needs and Innovations to Advance Corrections
National Institute of Justice, January 2017

Data Analysis Has Potential to Improve Community Supervision
National Institute of Justice, October 2016

Geospatial Monitoring of Community-Released Offenders: An Analytics Market Survey, Version 2.0
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, October 2016

Market Survey of Offender Tracking Technologies Gives Agencies a Snapshot of Available Products
National Institute of Justice, October 2016

Service Specification Package Addresses Agencies' Need to Automatically Transfer Offender Tracking Data When Changing Service Providers
National Institute of Justice, July 2016

GPS Monitoring Practices in Community Supervision and the Potential Impact of Advanced Analytics, Version 1.0
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2016

Market Survey of Location-Based Offender Tracking Technologies, Version 1.1
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2016

Kiosk Supervision: A Guidebook for Community Corrections Professionals
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2015

Multi-jurisdiction Research on Automated Reporting Systems: Kiosk Supervision
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2015

GPS Supervision in California: One Technology, Two Contrasting Goals
National Institute of Justice, September 2015

Offender Tracking Record Transfer Service Specification Development, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2015

Tale of Two Studies: Lessons Learned From GPS Supervision in California Corrections
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2015

Research on Videoconferencing at Post-Arraignment Release Hearings: Phase I Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2015

Develop Sound Offender Tracking Evidence Protocols Before Cases Reach the Courtroom
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2015

Using Family Mapping Tools To Enhance Outcomes for Tribal Members Under Community Supervision
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, February 2015

Fostering Innovation in Community and Institutional Corrections, Identifying High-Priority Technology and Other Needs for the U.S. Corrections Sector
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2015


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Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)
Created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. According to the Act, the term "law enforcement" means any officer, agent, or employee of a state, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders.

Equipment and Technology
The Technology and Tools section of the NIJ website provides objective, evidence-based research and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

Evaluating the Use of GPS Technology in the Community
NIJ's equipment and technology program for community corrections identifies the needs of parole and probation agencies as well as community-based offender programs and, whenever possible, draws on directly available technology that can be quickly adapted for use by these organizations.

National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies. NIC also provides funding to support program initiatives and provides leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Standards and Conformity Assessment
The NIJ Standards and Testing Program develops and publishes equipment standards that specifically address the needs of law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies. The goal is to ensure to the degree possible that equipment is safe, reliable and performs according to established minimum requirements.

National Reentry Resource Center
Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections agencies working on prisoner reentry.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Bureau of Justice Assistance, this site contains technical information related to body armor, provides access to NIJ's Compliant Product List, and presents guidance on how to get the proper fit and best take care of body armor.

Date Created: August 17, 2020