Monthly Archives: February 2013

Free online training for law enforcement on missing persons cases: " Using Genetic Results to Identify Human Remains "

This course provide law enforcement agencies with the information needed to develop protocols that will ensure consistent and effective investigations of missing person cases. The material in this course is applicable to all law enforcement agencies, regardless of size, and will cover free resources that will assist agencies to better respond to, and investigate, missing person cases.

HUD LAUNCHES FIRST FAIR HOUSING APP

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled the first housing discrimination mobile application (app) for iPhone and iPad. Developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and Hewlett Packard (HP), the app uses the latest technology to provide the public with a quick and easy way to learn about their housing rights and to file housing discrimination complaints, and inform the housing industry about its responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

Science Accelerator Undergoes an Upgrade!

Science Accelerator, the online gateway to sources of research and development provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, is sporting new navigation tools along with a new skin. Now at Science Accelerator, you can tab for text, multimedia, and data to easily access the information you are seeking according to format. Author clusters are now available, in addition to the Topic and Date clusters. Try out the new topic visualization tool to visually scan and access R&D results. And enjoy the new slide show of our DOE databases.

Dataset: Custody Evaluations When There Are Allegations of Domestic Violence: Practices, Beliefs and Recommendations of Professional Evaluators in New York City, 1997-2009

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of the beliefs and investigative practices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers who had been appointed by a court to evaluate families in disputed custody cases when there were allegations of domestic violence. The research team conducted a Case Review study (Part 1) and administered an Evaluator Survey to corresponding case evaluators (Part 2) between August 2007 and December 2009. The case review study was implemented through four private non-profit legal services agencies in New York City that provide free legal representation to domestic violence victims in civil proceedings including custody and visitation litigation. A total of 69 cases involving custody or visitation issues that were litigated and resolved between 1997 and 2007 were identified for inclusion in the study. The case review study involved the development of a Coding Scale for Custody Evaluations with Domestic Violence (DV) Allegations in order to rate the characteristics of the custody evaluations and the court outcomes. Raters coded each of the 69 cases in the case review sample with the Evaluation Coding Scale. The research team administered the Evaluator Survey (Part 2) to 14 custody evaluators who had completed evaluation reports for the cases in the Part 1 case review study.
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This dataset is hosted by the NIJ-sponsored National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
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Dataset: Family, Peer and Neighborhood-level Protective Factors within the Developmental Assets Framework: A Longitudinal Analysis of Behavioral Adaptation for Urban Youth

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This study used longitudinal data from 1,114 youth ages 11-16 and their neighborhoods from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. Generalized estimating equations were used to examine whether baseline interpersonal and neighborhood protective factors predicted behavioral adjustment at waves 2 and 3 among youth who were victims of, witnesses of, or unexposed to violence, controlling for individual and neighborhood-level risks.
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This dataset is hosted by the NIJ-sponsored National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
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Automated Processing of Sexual Assault Cases Using Selective Degradation

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This research addressed the problem of obtaining a sperm DNA profile from sexual assault evidence samples that also contain a large amount of epithelial cell
DNA, and the ability to automate the differential extraction process. The current standard differential extraction method leaves some amount of epithelial cell DNA in the sperm fraction of the sample, which will create a mixture of epithelial and sperm cell DNA and may partially or completely mask the sperm DNA profile. This may prevent conviction or even detection of the perpetrator.
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This report is the result of NIJ-funded projects but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Automated Processing of FTA Samples

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The goal of this project is to design a system to automate the processing of FTA cards in forensic DNA databanking applications. The system allows a user to load a stack of FTA EasiCollect cards in the system, and then get out a 96-well plate of punches ready for PCR. The prototype includes the following subsystems: card manipulation, well plate handling, sample locating, well plate static removal, card punching, fluid addition, and dust removal. The subsystems were integrated and the resulting prototype was tested for sample loss, cross contamination, and compatibility with downstream STR analysis.
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This report is the result of NIJ-funded projects but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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