Tag Archives: Department of Justice

Some Sexual Assault Kits Aren’t Sent to Crime Labs. Why not?

Evidence in sexual assault kits can be a powerful tool to help find and prosecute  perpetrators of sex and other crimes. Yet, evidence collected in thousands of sex assault kits hasn’t been turned over to crime labs for analysis. Today’s … Continue reading

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Risky Business—Threats in the IT Supply Chain

Laptops aren’t like IKEA furniture—we usually buy them pre-assembled and ready to use. The life of a computer starts long before it’s purchased, though, and the process of creating and moving a computer from suppliers to users can create security … Continue reading

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Title IX and High School Sports: Facts and Findings 

Did you know that Title IX applies to high school sports, as well as college sports? Title IX’s complexities make it a program that is not very well understood. So, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day … Continue reading

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Criminal Restitution (infographic)

Did you know that criminals convicted of federal crimes are sometimes required to compensate their victims? This process, called criminal restitution, is usually used for crimes that have provable financial losses—like fraud.

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How Much Does Crime Cost?

Burglary, murder, identity theft—all crimes have costs for victims and society. The Department of Justice reported that federal, state, and local governments spent more than $280 billion in 2012 on criminal justice, including police protection, the court system, and prisons. … Continue reading

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Domestic Abuse and Firearms

Today’s WatchBlog looks at another GAO report—in this case, regarding FBI’s firearm background check system and domestic violence records. We examined this issue at the request of Congress, and today we share some of what we found about the National … Continue reading

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Fighting to Protect Wildlife

Today is World Wildlife Day. To commemorate, the WatchBlog takes a look at the illegal trafficking of animals—like elephants and rhinos—that are on the brink of extinction. What’s it worth? The trade in illegal wildlife brings in anywhere from $7 … Continue reading

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Fragmented Data on Sexual Violence

Sexual violence has been in the headlines during the past year, including crimes involving college students, incarcerated people, and the military. Data collected by the federal government on sexual violence can help prioritize resources and design programs to prevent and … Continue reading

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Smartphone Apps and Stalking

These days, wherever people go, their smartphones follow—often collecting location data along the way. You may choose to download an app to your phone to share this information. For example, an app can show your friend how far away you … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice—Exploring Alternatives to Prison

The federal prison population has grown from about 25,000 in 1980 to approximately 193,000 in August 2016. This expansion comes with substantial associated costs: housing, food, security, and medical care for each prisoner can cost $66 to $101 per day, … Continue reading

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