Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Wiretap Report 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2014 decreased by 1 % from 2013.  This report provides information on the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing/approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Crime in Virginia 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics,Virginia Issues$file/RD143.pdf

Annual compilation of crime statistics for Virginia.  Includes law enforcement officers killed and assaulted, value of property loss, and arrest data.  From the Virginia State Police


Risk and Needs Assessment in the Criminal Justice System

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance

Documents the alarming rise in the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. from 1983 to 2013, the concern about social and economic consequences of this high rate, and then discusses the introduction of a system for reducing incarceration levels through use of risk and needs assessment methods.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Glossip v. Gross

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5 to 4 Supreme Court decision that rejected a challenge to the death penalty brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma.  The inmates alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam led to violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the United Kingdom

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Homeland Security,Terrorism

Focuses on recent political developments relating to human rights alongside the concerns of crime prevention and national security in Great Britain.  House of Lords Library Note


PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Data Collection Activities, 2015

Categories: Crime/Justice,Sex Issues,Statistics

Describes the data collection activities carried out under authority of the Act and the principal findings.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Executive Order Number Forty Four (2015): Establishing the Commission on Parole Review

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Establishes a Parole Review Commission to examine the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of the law which abolished parole in the state, evaluate best practices in other states, and recommend other strategies for reducing crime and recidivism.  From the Office of the Governor.


Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Categories: Crime/Justice,Presidency,Science/Technology

The recommendations are organized around 6 topic areas: building trust, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, officer training, and officer safety.  From the Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice


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