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Responding to the changing nature of crime from local to transnational : the role of the National Institute of Justice in both the US and the international community in advancing criminal justice research and practice

Australian Institute of Criminology, Jay Albanese
02 December 2004 -

Jay Albanese PhD
Chief, International Center, National Institute of Justice, United States of America


The National Institute of Justice is the research and evaluation arm of the US Department of Justice. Its International Center was established in 1998, broadening its historical mission to help professionalise state and local criminal justice. This presentation will outline contemporary problems in US criminal justice and how NIJ has worked to address them, and the methods by which NIJ, and its sister agencies worldwide, select and address crime and justice problems that are transnational in scope. Current international initiatives will be summarised and suggestions for future directions will be offered. Questions from the audience will be encouraged!

Jay Albanese is Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice. He is on leave from his position as professor in the School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a PhD from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and is currently Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. Dr Albanese is author of books that include Criminal justice (3rd edition, Allyn & Bacon 2005), Organized crime in our times (LexisNexis/Anderson 2004), and is co-editor of Organized crime: world perspectives (Prentice Hall 2003).

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