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Science, Technology, and the Law

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Date Published
May 2006
2 pages
This paper describes how the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL) helps law enforcement personnel and others access and use the vast amount of science and technology information relevant to the work of criminal justice agencies.

NCSTL resources include a vast Internet-accessible database, a library collection, an ongoing educational lecture series, and more. The clearinghouse's comprehensive online bibliographic database contains materials that date back to 2000. It includes court decisions and commentary; scholarly publications; commercial applications; books; journals; articles; information on professional associations and institutions; best practices and standards; and other resources that pertain to law, technology, and science. Funded by the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the clearinghouse aims to help law enforcement personnel and others navigate the vast amount of information on technology and science as it relates to criminal justice work. The clearinghouse also hosts national conferences on science, technology, and the law; develops training modules that emphasize distance education; and creates primers on law, science, and technology topics. The clearinghouse plans to convene focus groups composed of diverse participants in order to assist NIJ with its technology research agenda.

Date Published: May 1, 2006