DOJ wants new criminal justice tech

The Justice Department’s research and development arm may offer as much as $1 million in awards for evaluations of new criminal justice technologies, the agency has announced.

The National Institute of Justice issued a request for proposals Dec. 16 specifically seeking projects that evaluate:

  • How biometrics could affect the criminal justice system.

  • Technologies that prevent crime and promote community safety.

  • Alternative technologies for probation supervision management.

  • Enhancements to school safety.

  • Tools that collect and analyze information to assist immediate decision-making .

  • How using less lethal technologies would affect officers, offenders, victims and bystanders.
  • Proposals must show how the evaluated technologies demonstrably improve criminal justice policy and practice, the RFP states. Interested parties must include research methods, management plans and analytic strategy.

    Proposals are due March 7, 2006, and must be submitted online at


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