February 2012 National Briefs

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

  • The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Center for Court Innovation, presented 10 innovative justice practices to an inter-disciplinary group in Chicago in September. More information »

Center for Innovative Public Policies

Department of Justice

  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provided the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) with a grant of $2.5 million to conduct the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE) under award number 2011-RY-BX-0003. The funds will be used to implement and evaluate pilot programs in four communities: Clackamas County, Oregon; Essex County, Massachusetts; Saline County, Arkansas; and Tarrant County, Texas. More details »

Governors Highway Safety Association

  • GHSA hosted its 2011 Annual Meeting, entitled, “Shifting Gears: Driving Culture Change in Highway Safety,” in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit http://www.ghsa.org/ for details and resources on distracted driving and motorcycle safety.

Guidestar (and IdeaEncore)

  • Guidestar and IdeaEncoure are sharing free resources created by non-profit groups and experts to assist others applying for grants.  Access resources »

Justice Management Institute

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

  • MADD announced that it is launching a national coordinated effort to serve drugged driving victims. More information »

National Association of Drug Court Professionals

  • The Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus hosted a discussion on Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts. The session, which NADCP sponsored, featured Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated Actor Matthew Perry and NADCP Chief Executive Officer West Huddleston. The nation’s largest veterans service organizations, the American Legion and American Veterans (AMVETS) passed resolutions supporting Veterans Treatment Courts.
  • NADCP published the Drug Court Judicial Benchbook. Download »
  • NADCP has multiple trainings scheduled during the next six months. Learn more »

National Criminal Justice Association

  • NCJA created the National Center for Justice Planning with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Center operates a comprehensive resource center at http://www.ncjp.org/.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Institute of Justice

  • NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance provided the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) with a grant of $2.5 million to conduct the Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Demonstration Field Experiment (HOPE DFE) under award number 2011-RY-BX-0003. The funds will be used to implement and evaluate pilot programs in four communities: Clackamas County, Oregon; Essex County, Massachusetts; Saline County, Arkansas; and Tarrant County, Texas. More details » for details

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • NIAAA released “Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide.” Download »

Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • ONDCP released “Alternatives to Incarceration,” a policy brief on Justice Reinvestment. The document, which promotes Smart Justice initiatives, highlights the successes of the three national models NPAMC supports: Drug Courts, Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), and the South Dakota 24-7 Sobriety Program. View policy brief »
  • ONDCP also hosted a summit on Drugged Driving. Read more »

Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded PIRE a grant to evaluate the feasibility of operating a 24-7 Sobriety Program in a large urban area.

Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project

RAND Corporation

  • RAND is studying the South Dakota 24-7 Sobriety Program under a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • SAMHSA released the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Of particular note, the percentage of persons aged 12 or older who drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year continued to decline. In 2002 an estimated 14.2% of people aged 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year; in 2010 11.4% did. The rates of current, binge, and heavy alcohol use among underage persons also continued to decline. View results »

The Century Council

Traffic Injury Research Foundation

  • TIRF hosted the 12th Annual Ignition Interlock Conference in Palm Springs, California. Almost 200 people attended the successful event. NPAMC Chairman and CEO Stephen K. Talpins spoke on the importance of incorporating ignition interlocks into a comprehensive Smart Justice sentencing scheme.
  • TIRF also hosted a meeting of its Working Group on DWI System Improvements in St. Louis, Missouri. The task force, comprised of nationally known DWI experts, has produced a series of important consensus based documents addressing the problem. More information »
  • TIRF and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) contracted with LifeSafer to conduct a study on interlocked offenders’ behavioral patterns and the features of effective interlock programs. Dr. Ward Vanlaar, TIRF’s Vice President of Research, will serve as principal investigator. For more information, contact Sara Oglestone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-877-238-5235.
  • Finally, The Century Council recognized TIRF Chief Executive Officer Robyn Robertson as one of the “20 People to Watch.”

Transportation Research Board

  • TRB published “Effects of Psychoactive Chemicals on Commercial Driver Health and Performance: Stimulants, Hypnotics, Nutritional, and Other Supplements: A Synthesis of Safety Practice,” (CTBSSP Synthesis 19). The document summarizes the literature on the effects of psychoactive drugs on driver performance. Download »

United States Courts

  • A recent article on the U.S. Courts website discusses the growth of kiosk based reporting. Read article »

The Urban Institute

  • The Urban Institute released a report on Kiosk Supervision for the District of Columbia. Download report »

Vera Institute for Justice