National Institute of Justice


The number of homicides in big U.S. cities increased by 10.8 percent between 2015 and 2016. Our new publication considers two explanations of the homicide rise and offers recommendations for future research:

  1. expansion in illicit drug markets brought about by the heroin and synthetic opioid epidemic and,
  2. widely referenced “Ferguson effects” resulting in de-policing, compromised police legitimacy, or both.

Read the report to learn more (pdf, 46 pages).

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is accepting nominations to serve on the federal advisory task force that supports the Justice Department's program of research on violence against American Native and Alaska Native Women.

The task force and program of research are focusing on the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking.

Get nominated to serve on the Section 904 task force by December 15, 2017.

Learn more .

Ballistic-Resistant Body Armor

Watch a guide to help law enforcement officers select, wear and care for body armor. The video walks officers through the process of getting measured for proper fit and gives tips on how to clean and store body armor.

Watch on YouTube.

Maltreated Children to Adult Criminals

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A recent study suggests that interventions aimed at reducing negative consequences of child abuse on adult criminal behavior should be tailored to the developmental timing of the antisocial behavior.

Read the article.