Sunday, May 26, 2019

Criminal Justice Technology in the News

Law Enforcement News

Tourniquet, Ballistic Vest Save Life of Veteran Salem Police Officer During Traffic Stop
Salem Statesman-Journal, (05/16/2019), Capi Lynn
A Salem (Ore.) police officer survived being shot three times during what was thought to be a routine traffic stop thanks to her ballistics-resistant vest and her use of a tourniquet to stop the bleed from a leg wound. The tourniquet came from a trauma kit carried by all of the force's officers.
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Aurora Police Training to 'Use Words Instead of Guns, Use Questions Instead of Orders' in Cases of People With Disabilities
Chicago Tribune, (05/16/2019), Denise Crosby for the Aurora Beacon-News
Police officers in the Chicago surburb of Aurora, Ill., are receiving mandatory crisis intervention team training to help de-escalate encounters with individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. The training gives officers a different perspective and helps them better handle incidents involving these individuals. This article includes a profile of one such recent case.
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Aransas Pass Police Department Putting Two-Way Police Radios Inside Every School, (05/17/2019), Kris Rodriguez
In Aransas Pass, Texas, the police department has placed two-way police radios in every school in its jurisdiction to enable faster communication in the event of a school shooting or other emergency situation. School staff will use the radios any time they need to request police assistance, which will get them used to using the radios in the event of a true emergency.
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Johns Hopkins All Children's Simulation Center Helps Police Get Insight Into Autism
Catalyst, (05/17/2019), Margie Manning
John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg has the largest pediatric simulation center in Florida, and the hospital is using it to host a new training program that teaches police officers to better respond to calls involving people with autism spectrum disorder. The program uses both interactive instruction and simulated scenarios where trainees can practice behavioral skills; the initial sessions have all been filled.
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Corrections News

People in Prisons Are Learning to Code — And It Might Alter the Course of Their Lives
Nation Swell, (05/16/2019), Monica Humphries
This article presents an in-depth look at the work of The Last Mile, a prison education program that teaches incarcerated persons how to code and develop websites, apps and software. Launched as a pilot program at California's San Quentin facility in 2014, the program has since expanded to four states, with more growth planned.
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NIST Convenes Forensic Science Research Innovation to Implementation Symposium

On June 19-20, 2019, NIST will convene a symposium where forensic scientists, researchers and technology transfer experts will come together with laboratory professionals, business leaders and other stakeholders to explore ideas for speeding innovation in the nation's crime labs. NIST invites researchers to submit contributions to a poster session at the Forensic Science Research Innovation to Implementation Symposium. 

To participate, please submit an abstract of 1-2 paragraphs via email to Karen Reczek at by May 27. All poster contributions will undergo a review by the organizers; authors will be notified of acceptance by June 3. Vendors interested in exhibiting opportunities should register as an attendee and contact Grace Hao at for additional guidance. For more information and to register, visit

New Just Science Podcast Season Released: 2019 NIJ R&D

In episode one of the 2019 R&D season, Just Science interviews Dr. Katherine Scafide and Dr. Daniel Sheridan about their use of Alternative Light Sources for the detection and assessment of cutaneous bruising. 

Until the 1990s, it was commonly believed that clinicians and forensic professionals could estimate a bruise's age by analyzing its color change. Although that is not the case, Drs. Scafide and Sheridan are working on developing a method to assess variations in bruise appearance associated with the amount of force, subcutaneous fat and other objective variables. They discuss the characteristics of bruising, the factors affecting bruise perception and their innovative use of paintballs in this episode of Just Science, produced by the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. Visit to listen.