This is the National Institute of Justice’s annual report on research, development, and evaluation for Fiscal Year 2020, pursuant to Title 1 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. NIJ continues to support high quality scientific research on crime, crime control, and the fair administration of justice by engaging and supporting researchers, particularly scholars, in scientific endeavors related to criminal justice challenges, and by disseminating evidence and practical solutions in response to the challenges of crime and justice. In Fiscal Year 2020 NIJ continued to support research in and evaluations of specific types of crime and crime prevention strategies and elements of the criminal and justice systems. This included leading the federal government’s efforts to understand domestic terrorism and continued funding of research and program evaluation projects that inform efforts to prevent and reduce firearms violence and mass shootings in the United States. In FY 2020, NIJ developed a comprehensive model for school safety, A Comprehensive School Safety Framework, that reviews existing research on the causes of school violence and identifies factors that may contribute to violent incidents in schools. NIJ funded the establishment and operation of the National Center on Forensics in FY 2020. The Center will facilitate a partnership among a full-service state department of forensic science with a medical examiner function, an accredited university of higher education with affiliate medical and law schools, and a statewide district attorneys association.
National Institute of Justice Annual Report 2020
Date Published: March 1, 2023