The first article presents findings from a study of factors in
homicide clearance rates in four U.S. cities across the country.
It prescribes steps law enforcement agencies can take to increase
the number of homicide cases closed. An article on
drug-facilitated rape advises that little is known about its
prevalence; however, it poses sufficient risk to have warranted
various actions by the Federal Government to reduce the
availability of the primary drugs involved and to educate
potential targets for such crimes about prevention measures.
Another article identifies problems that impede communication
among public safety agencies via radio transmissions and
describes efforts by the National Institute of Justice to address
these problems. Also presented is an interview with Jeremy Travis
just prior to his departure as director of the National Institute
of Justice (NIJ). The interview focuses on what NIJ has
accomplished during his tenure and prospects for achieving NIJ
goals in the future. The concluding article reviews the research
pertinent to the factors in families that either foster or
prevent the development of violent behaviors in youth. Other
sections of this issue report on recent research findings and
newsworthy events pertinent to the work of NIJ. For individual articles, see NCJ-181728-32.