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Presidential Determination: Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking

Designates countries involved with drug trafficking or drug producing regardless of the efforts made by the government to curtail such activity.  Also covers challenges represented by heroin use, opium poppy cultivation, and cocaine/coca cultivation.  From the White House


Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Critical Incident Review of the San Bernadino Public Safety Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Shooting Incident at the Inland Regional Center

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Terrorism

Describes the police response to the terrorist shootings in San Bernadino which killed 14 people.  The report focuses on six themes including exercising a unified command approach and improving response time through training.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice


Audit of the National Security Division’s Enforcement and Administration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Reviews and evaluates the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed to compel disclosure when U.S. citizens serve as agents of a foreign government, the review found a declining trend in registrations and prosecutions beginning in the 1990s and confusion as to the purpose of the act.  Makes 14 recommendations for improved enforcement.  Current investigations are said by the press to be aimed at foreign sources of income for Virginia Governor McAuliffe and former Trump advisor Paul Manafort.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department



Interviewing Conditions in the National Crime Victimization Survey, 1993-2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

Describes the circumstances under which interviews were conducted, including collection mode and degree of privacy.  Presents trends in the level and pattern of interviewing conditions and how these conditions vary by characteristics of respondents.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Heroin Trafficking in the United States

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Mexico

Describes the source and extent of the problem and the efforts to counter the trafficking.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Governor McAuliffe’s Restoration of Rights Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Explains the process that will be followed by the governor in restoring rights to convicted felons who have served their time and reentered society.  Follows the Supreme Court’s ruling that the governor must restore rights individually rather than en masse.  From the Office of the Governor


Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Monitoring of Contract Prisons

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Review of privately operated prisons which found that such so-called “contract prisons” had more safety and security incidents per capita than prisons operated by the federal government. Also found fault with the monitoring of contract prisons as to medical and correctional services by the Bureau of Prisons.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Bureau of Prisons.


Reducing Our Use of Private Prisons: Memorandum for the Acting Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines

Announces policy shift whereby federal prisoners will no longer be sent to privately operated prisons.  By 2013, 15% of federal prisoners were housed in such institutions which, according to recent government audits, do not provide the same level of correctional services and resources or the same level of safety and security as federally-run prisons. From the Justice Department


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