Federal Gang Web Site
- The Gangs (Security Threat Groups) is a web site from the National Institute of Corrections in the Department of Justice.
Gangs are a continuing national problem that all elements of the public safety community must effectively manage. In a 2012 survey analysis, the Bureau of Justice National Gang Center found that "Following a marked decline from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the prevalence rate of gang activity significantly increased between 2001 and 2005 and has since remained fairly constant". The research highlighted on this page covers a range of gang related, corrections topics from slang words used by prison gangs to prevention and intervention for gang-affiliated girls.
“Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey” (NCJ 242884, 4 pp.) presents findings from the National Gang Center’s National Youth Gang Survey, which collects data to track the activity of youth gangs. The fact sheet discusses trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures. (OJJDP)
Federal Bullying Web Site
The StopBullying.gov coordinates closely with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee, an interagency effort led by the Department of Education that works to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics. The Federal Partners include representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, the Interior, and Justice, as well as the Federal Trade Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Check the State Policies & Laws section on the web site homepage to learn about a particular state.
New Federal Report
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in May 2013. This year's report presents 42 indicators of important developments and trends in U.S. education. These indicators focus on participation in education, elementary and secondary education and outcomes, and postsecondary education and outcomes.
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in December 2013. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in June 2013.
Police Use of Force
On November 13, 2011, "60 Minutes" aired a segment featuring Geoffrey Alpert, one of the authors of a recent NIJ-funded study, "Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons." This study discusses law enforcement's use of conducted energy devices. The segment cited the NIJ report as "the definitive study of Taser use" to date. (NIJ)
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Visit the OVC/BJA Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide for important resources and information regarding this crime. (OVC: Office for Victims of Crime)
Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010 (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics)
Describes the characteristics of human trafficking investigations, suspects, and victims in cases opened by federally funded task forces between January 2008 and June 2010. This report provides information about investigations, persons involved in suspected and confirmed incidents of human trafficking, and case outcomes.
Highlights include the following:
- Federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010.
- About 8 in 10 of the suspected incidents of human trafficking were classified as sex trafficking, and about 1 in 10 incidents were classified as labor trafficking.
- The confirmed human trafficking incidents open for at least a year led to 144 known arrests.
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Office for Victims of Crime
U.S. Resource Map of Crime Victim Services & Information: check for state-specific information
For an overview please check: The History of the Crime Victims’ Movement in the United States Published December 2004
OJP Launches New Web Site
OJP (Office of Justice Programs) has launched CrimeSolutions.gov, a resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. The Web site includes information on 125 justice-related programs and assigns "evidence ratings" to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals. (OJP)
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Press Releases
NCJRS - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Administered by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, it offers justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
JUSTSTATS: U.S. Crime and Justice Statistical Materials (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
Women & Girls in Corrections
NIC's (National Institutie of Corrections) Corrections and Mental Health blog offers a series of articles that focus on women and girls in the corrections system. (October 5, 2012) The articles discuss ways in which the criminal justice system responds to gender, how aftercare can help women adjust to community life and avoid recidivism, and more. (NIC). Link to articles.
New Database of NIJ-Funded Projects
The National Institute of Justice has launched a new database of NIJ-funded projects. (October 29, 2012) The database can sort awards by fiscal year, originating solicitation, awardee organization, state, county, and congressional district. It also provides other detailed information, including a description of each funded project. (NIJ). Link to database.
Report Summarizes Crime Among Households With Children
Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on nonfatal violent crime involving members of a household as victims and reports on the annual prevalence of that violent crime among U.S. households with children from 1993 to 2010. The report, published in September 2012, estimates the number of children age 17 or younger living in households in which at least one household member age 12 or older experienced violent crime during a given year. As defined in NCVS, nonfatal violent victimizations include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Estimates of the number of children are provided by age of children (ages 0 to 11 and ages 12 to 17), type of crime, and location of the crime. The report also examines households that experienced violent crime by whether children lived in the household, type of crime, and location of the crime. Data on victimized households by type, composition, and characteristic are also presented.
Take Action to Protect Children
The Attorney General's Defending Childhood initiative has launched a new Web page, "Take Action To Protect Children," to support professionals in their efforts to address children's exposure to violence. The Web page provides online resources for professionals in various fields who work with children who experience or witness violence. (OJJDP)
Child Abuse Reports
Child Maltreatment: Facts at a Glance 2010.
By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is a one page statistical summary.
Child Maltreatment 2010.
By the U.S. Depatment of Health & Human Services, Adminstration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau
Child Maltreatment 2010 presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to CPS agencies in the United States during Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2010. The data were collected and analyzed through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), which is supported by the Children’s Bureau.
Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection from Federal Databases.
By the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This report summarizes findings and evidence from federal reviews of research
studies and program evaluations to help localities address childhood exposure to violence and
improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice. "Child Abuse and Maltreatment"
Includes a discussion of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (table of contents in left margin) and identifies many links to other resources and related content. Note links to statistics in right margin.