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NIJ Journal Issue No. 236

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Date Published
July 1998
35 pages
Publication Series
This issue of the National Institute of Justice Journal features community-based programs that respond to crime and its destructive effects, with articles focusing on a strategic approach to combat urban homicide problems and drug intervention and prevention strategies, and a pilot project which uses “smart cards” to track inmate medical activity.
In its continued efforts to spread the word of successful programs and achievements in criminal justice, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice developed the National Institute of Justice Journal to showcase community-based programs responding to crime with comprehensive approaches that reach beyond a reactive criminal justice response. This issue of the Journal features Boston’s Operation Ceasefire which is a two-prong intervention strategy to effectively deal with the city’s youth homicide problem. Other programs showcased in the journal include Boston’s Breaking the Cycle initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to addressing offender drug abuse and the impact of the Opportunity to Succeed Program designed to reduce substance abuse relapse and criminal recidivism. In addition, in attempting to revolutionize inmate access and information management, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has initiated a pilot project that has inmates using “smart cards.” The project marries computer chips with photo identification cards. The identification cards are used to track the medication activity of inmates within a medium-security prison. The journal concludes with listings of upcoming meetings and conferences, newly released publications, and grant and funding-related opportunities.

Date Published: July 1, 1998