Hearings of the Review Panel on Prison Rape
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announces that the Review Panel on Prison Rape (Panel) will hold hearings in Washington, DC, on January 8-9, 2014. The hearing times and location are noted below. The purpose of the hearings is to assist the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in identifying common characteristics of victims and perpetrators of sexual victimization in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities, and the common characteristics of U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities with the highest and lowest incidence of rape, respectively, based on anonymous surveys by the BJS of inmates and youth in representative samples of U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. In May 2013, the BJS issued the report Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011-12. The report provides a listing of prisons and jails grouped according to the prevalence of reported sexual victimization, and formed the basis of the Panel's decision about which prison and jail facilities would be the subject of testimony. In June 2013, the BJS issued the report Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2012. The report provides a listing of juvenile facilities grouped according to the prevalence of reported sexual victimization, and formed the basis of the Panel's decision about which juvenile facilities would be the subject of testimony.
Meeting of the Office of Justice Programs' Science Advisory Board
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of OJP's Science Advisory Board (``Board''). General Function of the Board: The Board is chartered to provide OJP, a component of the Department of Justice, with valuable advice in the areas of science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of its programs and activities in criminal and juvenile justice. To this end, the Board has designated six (6) subcommittees: National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Quality and Protection of Science; and Evidence Translation/ Integration.
Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice Applications
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is soliciting information on commercially available body-worn cameras (BWCs) marketed for use by criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. These products are also sometimes called officer-worn or wearable cameras. The use of BWCs by criminal justice practitioners (e.g., patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders) offers potential advantages in keeping officers safe, enabling situational awareness, improving community relations and accountability, and providing evidence for trial. The NIJ Sensor, Surveillance and Biometric Technologies Center of Excellence (SSBT CoE) intends to update and revise the 2011 market survey reference, Body Worn Camera Information Sheet (http://goo.gl/rSWrcV). Information Sought: The NIJ SSBJ CoE seeks input on its Body Worn Camera Information Sheet, which the CoE intends to update. Vendors who respond to this request for information are invited to provide general comments with regard to the BWC Information Sheet for the SSBT CoE to consider, including which categories of information are appropriate for comparison. Vendors are also invited to provide suggestions for specific updates or additions to the vendor-provided content on the BWC Information Sheet comparison chart (available at http://goo.gl/rSWrcV). The NIJ SSBJ CoE intends to include, at a minimum, the following categories of information for each BWC model: 1. Model Number and Name of the BWC. 2. Where the BWC is Mounted (e.g., Head, Chest, Glasses, Helmet, Various). 3. Maximum Video Resolution of the BWC (e.g., 640x480, 1080p). 4. Recording Speed of the BWC (e.g., 30 fps). 5. Recording Format of the BWC (e.g., MPEG-4, MOV). 6. Whether the BWC captures Still Photos. 7. Whether the BWC embeds a Time/Date Stamp in the recorded video. 8. The Field of View of the BWC (e.g., 75[deg], 120[deg]). 9. The Lux Rating of the BWC. 10. Whether the BWC has a Night Mode and in what format (e.g., Low Light, IR Lens, etc.). 11. Whether the BWC has a Playback Screen for in-person video viewing. 12. The Audio Format of the BWC (e.g., MP2, AAC). 13. Whether the BWC contains Video Safeguards that limit access or editing by users. 14. Whether the BWC has a Pre-Event Record feature. (And, if so, the buffered time and whether the recording includes audio.) 15. Whether the BWC possess an Event Marking capability. 16. The Recording Life of the BWC battery. 17. The Standby duration of the BWC battery. 18. The Charge Time of the BWC battery (use N/A for disposable batteries only). 19. The Battery Type used by the BWC and whether it is internal or removable (e.g., Li-Ion, AAA, Proprietary). 20. The onboard memory Storage capacity of the BWC. 21. The Recording Time of the BWC under default resolution settings. 22. Whether the BWC possesses a GPS, and if so whether that information is embedded in recorded video. 23. The physical Dimensions (in inches) of the BWC (camera, control unit, and/or battery). 24. The Weight of the BWC and all accessories worn by a user. 25. Whether the BWC has undergone Environment Testing, and if so what standard it passed. 26. Whether a Warranty comes standard with the BWC unit, and what type. 27. Whether Video Software is available for video management of the BWC recordings, and if so whether it is required to use the BWC. 28. Whether there is a default Police Radio Interface for the BWC. 29. Whether the BWC is Vehicle Mountable for dashboard applications. 30. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the BWC. 31. Whether the BWC has Wireless capabilities to communicate with a computer or external DVR unit. 32. Any Other information or notes that are relevant to the BWC. If a vendor wishes to submit information on a BWC model or models, the CoE would prefer that a separate set of responses be submitted for each BWC model for which information is being provided. Only BWC products that are commercially available for general purchase in the United States as of January 21, 2014 will be considered for inclusion in the Information Sheet. It is recommended that the responses follow the information numbering included above for ease of reference.
Contraband Screening for Criminal Justice Applications
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is soliciting information on commercially available person screening portals or detectors for use by criminal justice and law enforcement for the detection of contraband. Screening technology is widely used by criminal justice practitioners (in particular, correctional facilities) to improve the safety and security of staff, visitors, inmates, and suspects. Technologies that can detect non-metallic objects and/or items concealed within body cavities are the primary focus of this Request for Information (RFI), but information on traditional metal detectors will also be accepted. The NIJ Sensor, Surveillance and Biometric Technologies Center of Excellence (SSBT CoE) intends to produce and publish a market survey report on contraband screening technologies to inform the criminal justice community. Information Sought: The NIJ SSBT CoE seeks input to inform the planning and preparation of an upcoming Contraband Screening Technology Report. Vendors who respond to this request for information are invited to provide general comments with regard to this report for the SSBT CoE to consider, including which categories are appropriate for product comparison. Vendors are also invited to provide suggestions for product or technology content related to contraband screening for consideration for inclusion in the report. Content related to screening on non- metallic objects and/or items concealed within body cavities is encouraged. The NIJ SSBT CoE intends to include, at minimum, the following categories of information for each contraband screening system/device: 1. Model Number and Name of the screening system/device. 2. Technology used by the system/device for detection (e.g., transmission x-ray, active millimeter wave). 3. Size Class of the system/device: Fixed, Portable, or Handheld. 4. Physical Dimensions of the system/device. 5. Weight of the system/device. 6. Whether the system/device Detects Metal objects. a. If YES, whether there are any types of metals that are NOT detected by the system. 7. Whether the system/device Detects Non-Metal objects. a. If YES, whether any of the following can be detected by the system/device: Liquids (in a container or bag), Gels (in a container or bag), Plastic, Wood, Ceramic, Powder (in a small packet), and/or Paper (e.g., folded currency). 8. Whether the system/device can detect objects Concealed within Body Cavities. a. If YES, whether any screening limitations exist or if all body cavities are covered by the system/device. 9. For object materials detected by the system/device (Question 6-7), the minimum Detected Size of objects on a person and concealed within body cavities. 10. Scan Rate of the system/device. 11. Total Inspection Time per individual screened with the system/ device (i.e. Throughput). 12. Penetration Depth of the system/device's scan when used on a clothed person. 13. Whether the system/device scan penetrates concealed Body Armor. If so, what classifications or types of armor can be imaged through. 14. Spatial Resolution of the system/device scan with respect to concealed object dimensions/features (indicate Not Applicable for a system/device that only provides a detection alarm and no image). 15. When scanning a person, the Information View displayed to the operatorAlarm Only, Body Location Alarm, Anomaly Image, Body Region Image, or Full Body Image. 16. Whether the system/device includes any Privacy safeguards or features (e.g., remote viewing, body masking). 17. Image Visualization Time of the system/deviceAlarm Only, Real-Time Dynamic Imaging, Delayed Dynamic Imaging, or Static Imaging. 18. Data Management provided for images and alarms, with respect to saving, archiving, retrieving, and printing subject scan information. 19. Power requirements of the system/device. 20. Regulatory & Compliance Safety requirements and/or standards that the system/device adheres to. 21. Warranty that comes standard with the system/device. 22. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). 23. Extended Maintenance plans available. 24. Cost(s) of any Service Contracts. 25. Other information or notes that are relevant to the system/ device. If a vendor wishes to submit information on screening technology or product(s), the CoE would prefer that a separate set of responses be submitted for each screening device/portal for which information is being provided. Only products that are commercially available for general purchase in the United States as of January 21, 2014 will be considered for inclusion in the report. It is recommended that the responses follow the information numbering included above for ease of reference.
Draft Criminal Justice Offender Tracking System Standard and Companion Documents
In an effort to obtain comments from interested parties, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice will make available to the general public four draft documents: (1) A draft standard entitled, ``Criminal Justice Offender Tracking System Standard''; (2) a draft companion document entitled, ``Criminal Justice Offender Tracking System Certification Program Requirements''; (3) a draft companion Selection and Application Guide, and (4) a new draft companion document entitled, ``Criminal Justice Offender Tracking System Refurbishment Service Program Requirements''. The opportunity to provide comments on these four documents is open to industry technical representatives, criminal justice agencies and organizations, research, development and scientific communities, and all other stakeholders and interested parties. Those individuals wishing to obtain, and provide comments on, the draft documents under consideration are directed to the following Web site: https://www.justnet.org/standards/Offender_Tracking_ Standards.html.