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NIJ Journal Issue No. 263

NCJ Number
NIJ Journal Issue: 263 Dated: June 2009 Pages: 1-44
Philip Bulman
Date Published
June 2009
44 pages
This issue of the "NIJ Journal" contains articles related to in-prison preparation for release; when an ex-offender reaches a risk for arrest similar to that of the general population; standardization of parole-violation sanctions; using 911 calls to detect terrorism threats; the importance of geography in preventing neighborhood crime; and uses of a Web site that is a resource on information related to the nexus between law, science, and technology.
One article reports on the features and effectiveness of Arizona's "Getting Ready" in-prison program, which aims to provide inmates a "parallel universe" that mirrors the responsibilities and challenges they will face in the community after release in pursuing responsible, law-abiding lives. Another article presents preliminary findings from a study that has produced sufficient data to create a model that indicates when an ex-offender has been "clean" long enough to be considered "redeemed" for employment purposes. A third article reports on the features and assessments of efforts to address fairness and proportionality in handling parole violations in Ohio and California by using tools that calculate sanctions for parole violations. A fourth article reports on a study that designed and tested a process for reducing a large volume of data collected from 911 calls about suspicious activity to a smaller subset of incidents that could then be reviewed for follow-up investigation regarding terrorist threats. This is followed by an article that discusses what research has found regarding how the geography and physical features of a neighborhood relate to preventing neighborhood crime. The concluding article suggests 10 ways that the Web site of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law (NCSTL) can be used as a resource for judges, lawyers, scientists, law enforcement officials, academics, and others who want information about the nexus between law, science, and technology.