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Online Bullying Prevention Training Modules Available
Free, online bullying prevention training modules are now available on StopBullying.gov. The training modules offer a PowerPoint presentation for community events, speaker notes with suggested talking points, a Community Action Toolkit, and a video for use in bullying prevention efforts in communities. Learn more about the national effort to address bullying and access bullying prevention resources at http://www.stopbullying.gov.
Reclaiming Futures Webinar To Explore Adolescent Recovery Supports
On September 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. E.T., Reclaiming Futures will present the free, 1-hour Webinar “Implementing Adolescent Recovery Supports and Developing Resources in Our Communities.” The presenter, Michelle Muffett-Lipinski, who is principal of the Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, MA, and co-founder of the icanhelp project, will outline successes and challenges in developing recovery programming within schools and communities, describe responses to mental health and substance abuse issues in schools, and discuss approaches to identifying and engaging youth in need of support.
Training Available on Mentoring in Juvenile Justice Settings
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership will conduct nationwide trainings for juvenile justice and mentoring professionals. Participants will learn about the advantages and challenges of and best practices for mentoring within or in partnership with the juvenile court, juvenile probation, juvenile detention, juvenile corrections, teen court/youth court, and dependency court. Content of these trainings is derived from the OJJDP-funded study, “Researching the Referral Stage of Youth Mentoring in Six Juvenile Justice Settings: An Exploratory Analysis.”
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Prisons plan likely doomed By Denny Walsh and Torey Van Oot, Sacramento Bee, Published: Saturday, May. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1A
A plan for inmate population reduction in California's prisons that was submitted Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown and his corrections department to three federal judges may be dead on arrival. Nearly the whole plan depends on the Legislature's approval, and a number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Friday they see serious flaws in it. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/04/5394221/prisons-aksjldkajsdaksjldaskjd.html#storylink=cpy
Do Arrest Quotas Encourage Police Officers to Break the Law? By Justin Peters, Slate Magazine 15 March 13
If cops are under pressure to make numbers, then it follows that they'll try hard to make those numbers, even if it means bending some rules in the process. So if a confidential informant is giving an officer good, actionable information, it's to that officer's benefit to keep that informant on the streets, even if it means giving that informant drugs to sell. And it makes sense that commanding officers, under pressure from superiors to reduce crime, might look the other way and give their subordinates room to operate however they see fit.There's no point in being too idealistic about the mechanics of urban police work. It's a game of compromises, of weighing relative evils. But so many of these compromises seem to sacrifice long-term progress in favor of short-term rewards. Units like the Street Crimes Unit and the VCIS are an answer, yes, but they're an answer to an incomplete question: "How do we fix the crime problem right now?" The second half of that question - "What do we do after that?" - is hard to answer with rule-bending shortcuts. I don't want to imply that it's not important to make arrests and get criminals off the streets. But it matters how you do it, and doing so in a way that destroys community trust, engenders resentment, inhibits cooperation, and incentivizes bad cop behavior will only make the good cops' jobs harder - and the streets more dangerous - in the long run
Yesterday, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.
The new law will provide resources for thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking -- and better equip law enforcement officials to stop violence before it starts. After a great deal of effort and backing from folks like you, it passed with bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Hardworking Crime Maps: Sophisticated Cell Tower Analysis Helps Los Angeles Law Enforcement Pinpoint Criminals
Catching criminals and enforcing the law can be arduous and time-consuming. It's a piece-by-piece, evidence-based process. And it doesn't stop at apprehension. Arming prosecutors with the evidence they need to get a conviction is just as vital.
Catching Criminals on Pinterest? January 2, 2013 By Noelle Knell
"Social media is the most recent evolution in communication technology. I don’t think there’s a choice as to whether or not law enforcement uses social media."
So says law enforcement consultant Lauri Stevens in an interview with Government Technology. Stevens, founder of Massachusetts-based LAwS Communications, works with police departments all over the United States and Canada, and feels that while many agencies are getting social media right, there is ample opportunity to improve.
Child Sex Trafficking Data Pooled in Texas. By Brian Heaton. January 7, 2013
A Texas nonprofit organization will soon launch the first of two comprehensive databases that it hopes will aid in the fight against child sex trafficking. The first database will debut later this month and is designed for law enforcement, nonprofit and social work personnel to see who is working on sex trafficking and what resources are available to help victims. A second database will assist citizens of the Lone Star State that want more information on the commercial sex trade and how to help organizations devoted to battling it. It is scheduled to go live this summer. The project is an effort of Children at Risk, a Houston-based youth advocacy group.
Supreme Court Confirms Citizens Right to Film Police By Martha Neil, ABA Journal, 28 November 12
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a federal appeals court decision finding it unconstitutional to enforce an Illinois state law that makes it a felony to videotape police officers working in public if a microphone is turned on.