Adjudication / Courts

DNA Basics: Understanding DNA Evidence in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions (April 2018)

DNA evidence can be some of the most powerful and compelling evidence in criminal investigations, but how does it really work? Peek behind the scenes and learn how DNA evidence is gathered, analyzed, and presented in court in criminal prosecutions. The webinar will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of this silent biological witness that is present at almost every crime scene, as well as some exciting new trends in DNA analysis that promise to solve even more cases in the future.

On March 27, 2018, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) released a request for proposal (RFP) to solicit a cadre of subject matter experts to support the Prosecution Assessment Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program. Through this program, experts will provide assistance directly to prosecutors’ offices to ensure violent crime cases are prioritized and to help prosecutors strengthen their cases and increase convictions.

2018 Community Courts and Public Safety Conference

The Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Birmingham, Alabama Municipal Court, is hosting the 2018 Community Courts and Public Safety Conference in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9, 2018. These international conferences for community court practitioners have been taking place every two years since 2010.

Beyond the Adversarial System - Achieving the Challenge

Traditionally, prosecutors and defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. In order to achieve the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) goals of systemwide sustainable change, collaboration with all system actors is essential. However, broader criminal justice reform can often be difficult to achieve when dealing with traditionally opposing roles.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance recently released 42 new solicitations seeking applications from training and technical assistance providers to work in a host of areas ranging from prosecution reform to anti-terrorism training. See below for a list of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 solicitations and the associated deadlines. This page is updated as new solicitations are released.

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is seeking nominations for its annual Outstanding Criminal Justice Program (OCJP) Awards, which will recognize five programs for effectively addressing crime- and justice-related issues. Specifically, NCJA requests nominations for innovative programs that have used promising practices to produce concrete results in their communities. OCJP Award winners will be honored at the 2018 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Fort Worth, Texas.

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