Justice System

Trauma-Informed Criminal Investigations Field Guide

A publication of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability and the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program at Stanford University.

“Engaging with witnesses and survivors in a manner sensitive to the trauma they may have suffered has been a central priority of UNITAD. In addition to mainstreaming a psycho-social approach in the collection of testimonial evidence, the UNITAD Witness Protection and Support Unit has developed guidance documents and in-house training to enhance the ability of investigators to engage with vulnerable witnesses in a manner aligned with best practice.”

After Incarceration: A Guide to Helping Women Reenter the Community

This SAMHSA guide contains resources for individuals who provide or coordinate services for women who are reentering the community after a period of incarceration. It serves as a “checklist” of considerations that are useful when working with women who are involved in the criminal justice system.

The 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment

​DEA released 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment on January 30, 2020. Illicit drugs, and the transnational and domestic criminal organizations that traffic them, continue to represent significant threats to public health, law enforcement, and national security in the United States. The opioid threat (controlled prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, and heroin) continues at ever-increasing epidemic levels, affecting large portions of the United States. Meanwhile, the stimulant threat (methamphetamine and cocaine) is worsening and becoming more widespread as traffickers continue to sell increasing amounts outside of each drugs’ traditional markets. New psychoactive substances (NPS) remain challenging and the domestic marijuana situation is evolving as state-level medical and recreational legalization continues.

Delaware Health and Social Services Released Homicide and Suicide Death Data from 2000 to 2017

​Delaware Health and Social Services has released data on homicide and suicide death rates in Delware between 2000 and 2017. The data show that over the 18-year period, homicides have gradually but steadily increased, and suicide rates have remained higher than homicide rates.