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Two new articles on NIJ.gov offer insights into research on monitoring and supervision technologies.

“Market Survey of Offender Tracking Technologies Gives Agencies a Snapshot of Available Products” outlines recent studies to support law enforcement and corrections administrators tasked with implementing electronic monitoring programs.

”Data Analysis Has Potential to Improve Community Supervision” highlights a recent study and NIJ's Offender Tracking Systems Standard that aim to support agencies considering implementing data analytic software.

A new grantee research article describes a mass spectrometry and informatics-based approach to analyzing trace evidence found on personal belongings left at crime scenes. Phones, for example, carry skin-associated chemicals that can reveal the lifestyles of the owners. Such information could help a criminal investigator narrow down the owner of an object found at a crime scene, such as a suspect or missing person.

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National Institute of Justice - Funding Opportunity

NIJ is seeking proposals for forensic science research and development projects to increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or lead to the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application.

Proposals are due February 28, 2017.

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Harnessing Technology

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In our new NIJ Journal article, one researcher reflects on the challenges and opportunities associated with evaluating criminal justice technologies, and illustrates the need to evaluate technology separately from implementation to determine success and impact.

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