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Corrections Technology Center of Excellence

The 2013 Technology Institute for Corrections focused on the issue of contraband cell phones in correctional facilities. Institute participants discussed contraband cell phones, and technologies and strategies to address the problem. By bringing together corrections practitioners from across the country, the institute provided a platform to collaborate, share and gather information. The After Action Report is available to law enforcement and corrections professionals by emailing asknlectc@justnet.org or calling 800-248-2742.


On Oct. 1, 2010, NIJ established the Corrections Technology Center of Excellence (CoE) as part of the NLECTC System.

Operated by the University of Denver, the Corrections Technology CoE serves as the authoritative resource within the NLECTC System for both practitioners and developers with respect to technologies that support institutional and community corrections. The Center’s position within DU allows it to leverage a wide array of multidisciplinary research units to accomplish its mission.

In its primary role, this CoE assists in the transition of technology from the laboratory into practice by first adopters within the correctional community. Specifically, the Corrections Technology CoE supports NIJ’s research, development, test and evaluation activities within the corrections portfolio by:

  • Assisting NIJ in identifying practitioner technology requirements by coordinating and conducting Technology Working Groups (TWGs).
  • Supporting NIJ research and development programs by assisting with program objective definition and refinement, assessing ongoing NIJ projects, scouting relevant technology efforts and participating in national and regional groups.
  • Testing, evaluating and demonstrating technologies by conducting and coordinating operational evaluations, and conducting, facilitating and coordinating demonstrations with corrections agencies.
  • Supporting the adoption of new technologies by introducing these tools to practitioners, providing practitioner requirements to developers, assisting developers in commercialization and providing support to first agencies for effectiveness evaluation.
  • Coordinating and developing technology guidelines for planning, selecting and implementing technology solutions.
  • Providing technology assistance and support to corrections agencies on a national basis, including providing science and engineering advice and assisting first adopters with new tools and methods.

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