Highlights

The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) has untapped potential to solve crimes involving firearms, researchers found; but obstacles, including delays in processing evidence and limited information on hit reports, keep investigators from realizing NIBIN’s full tactical and strategic value.

Read more in the NIJ Journal.

Victims of intimate partner violence need intensive services to address their physical, emotional and financial suffering. These programs need to effectively increase safety, victims’ knowledge of and confidence in legal options, and help them recover.

Read about using vigorous methods to evaluate victims’ services.

The Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance have released a Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide to provide information on identifying human trafficking, creating and operating a task force, supporting victims and building strong cases. The guide also provides real-world case studies and tools.

Read the guide.

Opening Black Box of NIBIN

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How does the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network assist in criminal investigations? Dr. Bill King and ATF Special Agent John Risenhoover discuss how NIBIN has been used by agencies and how it could be more effective in this NIJ Research in the Real World Seminar.

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Firearms Examiner Accuracy

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Firearms examiners had an average error rate of less than 1.2 percent when matching consecutively manufactured Glock barrels to spent bullets, according to a study by a Florida International University statistician and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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