The DOJ Is Investing Millions of Dollars in Research to Spy on Public School Students Nationwide

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The Department of Justice’s National Institute for Justice funds law enforcement research to the tune of tens of millions of dollars each year. The full list of grants, posted each year, is a valuable insight into future of law enforcement trends in the United States. NIJ funding for 2014 appears to have primarily focused on two issue areas: school safety and clearing DNA backlogs at police departments across the country.

Among the dozens of projects that focus on school safety, there are some that appear progressive, at least judging from the limited amount of information available online. But while a slice of the funding explicitly aims to examine and interrupt the school to prison pipeline using restorative justice methodologies, a lot of the money is going toward research that will probably further entrench disparate outcomes based on race in the criminalizing trend in school discipline.

One of those projects is a City of Chicago Board of Education program called “Connect and Redirect to Respect (CRR),” which aims “to use social media monitoring to identify and connect youth to behavioral interventions.” In other words, the DOJ is giving $2.1 million dollars to the Chicago public schools to conduct research on how spying on student social media can impact school discipline. In New York, police spying on youth social media has resulted in the criminalization of speech.

Elsewhere, DOJ awarded nearly $2.5 million to the University of Virginia to study how “student threat assessment” is a “safe and supportive prevention strategy.” DOJ gave the Miami-Dade public schools $4.2 million for research on a project called “Enhancing School Safety Through Digital Intelligence: Evaluating Campus Shield.”

Among the projects DOJ funded that are not related to DNA testing or schools are the following:

  • Nearly $4 million to the private Rand Corporation to identify law enforcement technology needs;
  • $200,000 to Rand for something called the “Electronic Surveillance Continuation Project”;
  • About $500,000 to Carnegie Melon University for research into something called an “Adaptive Expert System that Learns to Detect and Track Patterns of Crime in Internet Advertisements”;
  • Follow-up funding, to reach a total of nearly $5 million, to FBI-connected private firmManTech for “contactless finger print assessment”;
  • $261,000 to Arkansas State University to study internet “radicalization”;
  • About $4 million to war contractor Lockheed Martin “to operate a National Criminal Justice Technology Information Resource Center (NCJ-TIRC) within the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System”;
  • $330,000 to Boston’s Children’s Hospital for research on “Gang Affiliation and Radicalization to Violent Extremism within Somali-American Communities”; and
  • $500,000 to the Chicago Police Department’s predictive policing program.

Read the full list of NIJ projects funded in 2014.

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  • If they can criminalize speech, they ought to prohibit lying by politicians. Oh, never mind, that’s treason.

  • ccambridge

    These criminals in the government ought to investigate themselves

  • Workstillbroke

    If they would have continued capital punishment in schools like we had back in the day, we wouldn’t have the size of problem we’re looking at now. Not only that, but parents don’t discipline their children anymore because it’s looked at as abuse to spank a child. The chickens are coming home to roost now aren’t they. Well, I guess we can count on the government to swat the fly with a wrecking ball. This problem with schools will take many $700 screwdrivers to almost fix.

    • sunshine

      Not all parents are that idiotic. It’s legal to spank in a lot of states, believe it or not. But people who have kids, and do discipline them in ANY fashion do get a lot of stares, glares and disapproval. Mild discipline, like not speaking while adults are speaking, sitting still and behaving, being expected to say Ma’am, Sir and otherwise mind manners is seen as insane.

      I remember commenting once on an article about a boy who wore dresses at home, and the mother demanded that the boy be able to wear them at his after school care facility. He had, according to the mother, “HUNDREDS of dresses”. I was savaged in the comments when I mildly expressed the opinion that perhaps children don’t always know best, and they shouldn’t always get to do what they please. I said, if they wanted to eat nothing but candy and stay up all night, we’d prevent that, right? The mere idea that children might have to learn how to conform in some manner to society, instead of the other way around, was literally evil. So basically, all that to say that you’re right, and it’s worse than you can even imagine.

  • SovereignPatriot88

    More programs designed to imprison the people in the system. They are conditioning our children to be complacent with no rights or privacy. Common Core to shut down the learning process and zero tolerance to keep them in line. It’s all to prepare them for life in an invisible prison. Why spend billions to wage war on America when you can subdue the children with nefarious education programs. After a few generations the people will gladly give up their rights and willingly submit to tyranny. We’re just about there now.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Justice does not exist.

  • sunshine

    Public school is basically a waste of time. Even the “good” public schools are a waste of time (I know this first hand, as I attended the #3 nationally ranked public school system in the country and it was a bunch of retards and liberal bullshit). So this is not surprising.

  • Bo Wetstone

    DOJ actually stands for “drunk on the job”

  • 1PissedAmerican

    Send you kids to Lutheran Schools.