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Monday, August 17, 2015

Top Technology Needs in Criminal Justice

Internet-based technologies just over the horizon could dramatically change how criminal justice agencies operate, according to a new NIJ-supported study by the RAND Corporation. Based on feedback from a panel of practitioners and technology experts, the report identified what upcoming Internet technologies could do for criminal justice efforts.

Promising tools could reduce case backlog through remotely conducted trials, enhance law enforcement investigations by integrating criminal records across agencies, and securely monitor low-level offenders in the community rather than jail. Many of these technological developments also raise issues related to civil rights, privacy rights and cybersecurity that must be addressed.

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