Crime prevention and court-treatment programs were featured this week as the winners of the annual National Criminal Justice Association outstanding criminal justice program awards. The honors were announced at the association’s annual forum, held this year in Ft. Myers, Fl. Honorees from the group’s four regions were the state of Maryland’s violence prevention initiative, the Michigan State Police Teaching Educating and Mentoring program (TEAM), West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle Treatment Courts, and the south Los Angeles-based African American Unity Center Youth Development Program.
Getting special recognition was the Northern Mariana Islands’ Family Court Client Services Program. Winning a career service award was James Kane, director of Delaware’s Criminal Justice Council from 1996 to 2009. The IJIS Institute gave the Robert P. Shumate National Public Safety and Justice Contributor to Excellence Award to David Gavin, a longtime former official of the Texas Department of Public Safety and former chair of the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board Information Sharing Subcommittee. The institute gave an innovation award to the Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning and URL Integration for an initiative to connect criminal justice information systems across the state.