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Vehicle-related fatalities were leading cause of death to U.S. law enforcement officers for 11 of the 12 previous years.

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The Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award recognizes researchers that have made a significant contribution to the understanding of crime victims' issues. Nominate a researcher today!

Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) can help practitioners and policymakers make choices about how to use limited resources. CBA is used to evaluate the impacts a service or program has on society, whether positive or negative. In this report, the authors guide criminal justice agencies though the basics of conducting CBA and take a look at its practical use in analyzing drug courts.

The Vera Institute of Justice has released the first validated Trafficking Victim Identification Tool. It is based on scientific methods and is reliable in predicting sex and labor trafficking. It has the potential to improve the way victim service providers and other agencies respond to human trafficking.

West Virginia University has announced several upcoming courses as part of its Forensic Science Initiative. These courses allow forensic professionals to develop their skills on a variety of topics. Each course takes place at the Morgantown, WV, campus.

See the full list of courses.

Prosecution and Racial Justice

NIJ-funded researchers at the Vera Institute of Justice partnered with the District Attorney of New York County to examine the role of prosecutors during several points of a criminal case and whether prosecutorial discretion contributes to racially and ethnically disparate outcomes. The report found that the best predictors of case outcomes were legal aspects of a case — seriousness of the charge, defendant’s prior record, and offense type—but race remained a factor in case outcomes.

NIJ Opens Challenge on Randomized Controlled Trials

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are one of the most effective methods for producing rigorous evaluations. NIJ is offering a Challenge to encourage the use of RCTs to address criminal justice problems. Contestants will submit completed RCTs to NIJ; the first five contestants who get five successful RCTs will win. A prize of up to $100,000 is available.