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Virginia Colleges Receive Federal Grant to Combat Domestic Violence

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded two Virginia universities an almost $500,000 grant to train and educate their students and staff about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The three-year grant, from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women, will be divided between the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), according to the schools. ...

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Target Pledges $5 Million to Cybersecurity Education Following Cyber Attacks

Target is continuing its attempts to rebuild credibility following news that millions of its shoppers had their payment information stolen. In a press release, the retailer said it will draw on experts with the organizations to find ways to effectively educate consumers about the dangers of online threats, such as phishing scams. ...

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Homeland Security Expands Cybersecurity Program for College Students

A program created to engage top-notch college students in cybersecurity work is expanding, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Initiative, founded in April 2013 by then- Secretary Janet Napolitano, will select more than 100 students to work as volunteers in dozens of locations across the country in 2014. ...

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Loyola Hunting for More Criminal Justice Students

Loyola University New Orleans hopes a little sleuthing challenge can help it nab more students for its online criminal justice degree program. The university recently launched an Internet-based game called “The Criminal Justice Challenge & Photo Hunt,” which was crafted to show potential students how the skills and knowledge learned in Loyola’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program co ...

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Study: Prison Education Programs Cut Recidivism

General education and vocational training programs for prisoners help reduce the odds they will reoffend and land back behind bars by 43%, a new study has found. The “largest-ever” analysis of such programs found that every $1 of investment in prison education trims future incarceration costs by $4 to $5 in the first three years after an inmate’s release, according to the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit publi ...

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California’s Truancy Crisis a ‘Threat to Public Safety’

Kids skipping school is creating havoc in California. “This crisis is not only crippling for our economy, it is a basic threat to public safety,” California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said during the release of a new report titled In School and On Track. The September 2013 report illustrates troubling attendance trends in public schools, reaching down even to students in kindergarten and the earliest ...

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Peace University Adds Criminal Justice Program

A North Carolina university has added a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice that also will allow students to work shoulder-to-shoulder with law enforcement and public safety professionals. Students majoring in criminal justice at William Peace University must complete 18 credit hours of core courses, including Law and the Legal System, Psychology and the Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice and A ...

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Stanford Law Professor Wins Legal Fiction Prize

Paul Goldstein, an intellectual property lawyer and longtime Stanford Law School professor, has won the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his novel “Havana Requiem.” Goldstein, 70, accepted the honor at a ceremony in September, saying in his acceptance speech that he celebrated the award by re-reading Harper Lee’s classic book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “It is absolutely an enduring and very specia ...

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DOJ Grant Funds National Campus Safety Center

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant for the creation of a national campus security center to be based at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The National Center for Campus Public Safety will help institutions of higher learning establish safe campuses through best practices, training and research. It will offer resources to college and university safety officials, including ...

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Ex-NSA Official to Lead Cybersecurity Program at Southern Methodist University

A former research director for the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tapped to lead the development of a cybersecurity program at Southern Methodist University. Fred Chang will be tasked with several major objectives, according to the Dallas, Texas, university. Those goals include: conducting research into national cybersecurity challenges; training students to be cyber professionals; and incorporatin ...

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