National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice. NIJ, along with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and other program offices, comprise the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) branch of the Department of Justice.
NIJ Directors (and Acting Directors) Name Dates Ralph Siu 1968–1969 Henry Ruth 1969–1970 Irving Slott 1970–1971 Martin Danziger 1971–1973 Gerald Caplan 1973–1977 Blair Ewing 1977–1979 Harry Bratt 1979–1981 James Underwood 1981–1982 W. Robert Burkhart 1982 James K. Stewart 1982–1990 Charles B. DeWitt 1990–1993 Michael J. Russell 1993–1994 Carol V. Petrie 1994 Jeremy Travis 1994-2000 Sarah V. Hart 2001–2005 Glenn R. Schmitt 2005–June 2007 David Hagy June 2007–January 2009 Kristina Rose January 2009–June 2010 John H. Laub June 2010–present
The National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice was established in 1968, under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as a component of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). In 1978, it was renamed as the National Institute of Justice. Some functions of the LEAA were absorbed by NIJ on December 27, 1979, with passage of the Justice System Improvement Act of 1979. The Act, which amended the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, also led to creation of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In 1982, the LEAA was succeeded by the Office of Justice Assistance, Research, and Statistics (1982–1984) and then the Office of Justice Programs in 1984.
NIJ is notable among U.S. governmental research organizations because it is headed by a political appointee of the President rather than by a scientist or a member of the civil service. NIJ is currently headed by John Laub.
In 2010, the United States National Research Council released a report on reforming the NIJ,, and identified issues with its independence, budget, and scientific mission. While it considered making the NIJ separate from its current department, Office of Justice Programs, it recommended retaining the NIJ within the OJP but giving it increased independence and authority through clear qualifications for its director, control over its budget, and a statutory advisory board. It also recommended that the NIJ: (1) a focus on research rather than forensic capacity building activities,(2) increase funding for programs for graduate researchers, (3) increase transparency, and (4) do periodic self-assessments.
NIJ is focused on advancing technology for criminal justice application including law enforecment and corrections, forensics, and judicial processes, as well as criminology, criminal justice, and related social science research. Much of this research is facilitated by providing grants to academic institutions, non-profit research organizations, and other entities, as well as collaborating with state and local governments. Areas of social science research include violence against women, corrections, and crime prevention, as well as program evaluation.
Grants for technology development help facilitate research and development of technology and tools for criminal justice application, which is a need that the private sector is otherwise reluctant to meet. NIJ also supports development of voluntary equipment performance standards, as well as conducting compliance testing. Areas of technology research and development include biometrics, communications interoperability, information technology, less-lethal technologies (e.g. tasers), and officer safety including bullet-proof vests. Crime mapping and analysis is a topic that includes both technology and social science (geography) aspects. The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Centers, which are located throughout the United States, play a role in law enforcement technology development, testing, and dissemination.
A major area of research and support is for forensics and the President's DNA initiative. The Federal Bureau of Investigation developed the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) system as a central database of DNA profiles taken from offenders. In the late 1980s and 1990s, all of the states and the Federal government required DNA samples to be collected from offenders in certain types of cases. The demand (casework) for DNA analysis in public crime laboratories increased 73% from 1997 to 2000, and by 2003, there was a backlog of 350,000 rape and homicide cases. In 2003, President George W. Bush proposed the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology initiative, which would include $1 billion over five years to reduce backlogs, develop and improve capacity of state and local law enforcement to use DNA analysis, support research and development to improve the technology, and additional training for those working in the criminal justice system.
- Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)
- National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
- ^ "25 Years of Criminal Justice Research". National Criminal Justice Reference Service. December 1994. http://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/yea.txt. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- ^ "Speeches and Presentations: NIJ Directors". National Institute of Justice. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/speeches/directors.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- ^ a b "The Evolution and Development of Police Technology" (PDF). National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC). July 1998. pp. vi-vii. http://www.justnet.org.
- ^ Tonry, Michael. "Building Better Policies on Better Knowledge". Archived from the original on 2007-03-02. http://web.archive.org/web/20070302124525/http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/reports/98Guides/lblf/panel4c.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- ^ Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice (1983). Federal Assistance to State and Local Law Enforcement Systems (hearing). Government Printing Office.
- ^ "Records of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration". National Archives. http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/423.html. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- ^ Center for Economic, Governance, and International Studies. (2010). Strengthening the National Institute of Justice. National Academies Press.
- ^ a b "2005 Annual Report" (PDF). National Institute of Justice. December 2006. http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/213267.pdf.
- ^ "Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology" (PDF). White House / U.S. Department of Justice. March 2003. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/infocus/justice/dna_initiative_policy_book.pdf.
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