This issue of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Journal takes a retrospective look at the NIJ's crime-related activities, primarily in the context of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Violence Against Women Act.
Articles in the journal examine drug-related crime, gang-related crime, the efficacy of treatment for drug-abusing offenders, street gang migration from urban areas, the application of research findings to practice, crime control policies, and steps being taken by the NIJ to improve the communication of criminal justice information worldwide. The NIJ's role in the implementation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 is discussed in terms of community policing, violence against women, drug courts, boot camps, NIJ grant awards that target crime control priorities, and the success of prison-based therapeutic communities with drug-abusing offenders. Specific attention is also paid to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service and its ability to provide access to and disseminate criminal justice information and cooperation between the NIJ and the United Nations in the area of information technology. Notes and photographs