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The National Institute of Justice is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Community Capacity Development Office; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART).

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In addition to the savings in cost and to the environment, the project provided inmates with job-training skills
In the field of “green corrections,” the triple winners of saving money, developing inmate job skills and helping the environment drive administrators’ interest
The facility is using the tech to thwart any attempts to use drones to deliver illicit items
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