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Crime has been a prevalent problem, not only in the United States but also across the world. As a result, various governments have come up with crime prevention techniques. Crime prevention aims to lessen the likelihood of criminal acts and their subsequent negative consequences for victims, witnesses, and society. Such negative impacts include emotional distress and other psychological effects.

The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice

The Alliance is a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working toward the common goal of global peace and justice. It ensures that the world hears the views of civil societies in the global push for crime reduction and justice reform. Additionally, the societies' views are beneficial in formulating, implementing, and evaluating related policies. 
Some of the specific duties of the Alliance include:

Addressing Gender-Based Violence by Non-State Actors

The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice acts as a model tactic to raise awareness internationally in the fight against gender-based crimes. To achieve this goal, the Alliance holds side events and presentations on the causes of violent acts against women and children by non-state actors. Afterward, they take the following measures:

  • Identifying any shortcomings in the current international instruments that fail to address gender-based violence explicitly.
  • Reporting the matters on existing laws (domestic and international)

Africa Conference on Drugs and Crime

This annual conference aims to assist governments in responding to drug and crime issues in Africa. It does so through civil societies as the primary international tools. For this reason, the conference culminates in a final document about the possible solutions before presenting it to: 

  • The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) 
  • The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
  • The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (COP-UNTOC)

Making a Difference

The Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice holds webinars with the aim of making a difference in society. Each non-governmental organization (NGO) gets to discuss its mission and methods throughout the hour-long sessions.
The focus questions include:

  • The process by which certain issues are chosen to receive attention
  • The procedures to follow when working
  • How one can tell whether they're making a difference in the world
  • Challenges of attracting donors

Alliance Membership

Membership in the Alliance gives you the privilege of having your voice heard. Consequently, you become a key player in helping shape the crime prevention and criminal justice global agenda. Everyone, including non-governmental organizations and private citizens, is welcome to join. Membership costs range from EUR 60,00 for "Ordinary" members to EUR 30,00 for "Extraordinary" members.

How Do You Apply?

The Alliance provides two online links for the application process: become a member as an NGO or become a member as an individual. The basic requirements on both links include personal details like name, email address, and area of location.
Afterward, the Alliance's Executive Board reviews the application to ensure the application is within the statutory requirements. This process might take a few days or weeks, after which the authorities notify the applicants of their application statutes.

Is it Possible to Waiver the Application Fee?

Yes. However, the Alliance reserves the opportunity to:

  • Organizations that contribute majorly to the Alliance's mission and not necessarily financially.
  • Organizations with the dedication to contribute to the Alliance's goal but have financial difficulties. However, such agencies must be in a position to demonstrate such commitment.

The Board may periodically waive the annual membership cost for groups that would otherwise be unable to renew owing to financial constraints or urgent needs.

The US Prison System and Inmate Search

Most people living in the US are clueless about the operation of the country's incarceration system. For starters, it would be necessary to understand the potential settings of inmate detention. Depending on the crime, a prisoner is likely to end up in the custody of:

Federal courts utilize a point system during sentencing to decide which inmates go to which prison. This aids federal law enforcement officials in sorting inmates into the appropriate facilities and deciding on the appropriate level of punishment for each inmate. 
Alternatively, the courts may leave the responsibility to the admission committees. Such committees bring together various personnel, including case managers, psychologists, and social workers, to determine the housing unit.

Prison Security Levels

Both federal and state prisons have different security levels. Authorities determine an offender's security level before incarceration, an integral process when determining the appropriate housing units. However, the levels may change during an inmate's stay in a facility. For instance, authorities consider the offender's actions and compliance with directives to determine whether the security level will stagnate, increase, or decrease.
The following are the prison categories based on security levels:

Maximum Security Prisons

Usually, maximum security prisons hold offenders serving long sentences and those with serious disciplinary issues. The facilities have strict measures and instructions on the operation of such offenders. For instance, they can only leave their cells for limited periods. Additionally, the offenders stay in one-person cells, although this situation may change in facilities with space constraints.

Medium Security Prisons

Inmates with some level of personal responsibility end up in medium security facilities. Authorities feel like such offenders pose a moderate risk to themselves and the general prison population.
Generally, these inmates have more freedom than those from maximum security facilities. They move more within the premises and can stay in two-person cells. 
Other times, the prisoners can participate in recreational activities and educational programs. However, correctional officers monitor their activities closely. 

Minimum Security Prisons

Prisoners in these facilities are subject to minimal restrictions. Usually, the facilities house offenders awaiting community reentry after serving time in maximum and medium security facilities. The primary goal is to offer the inmates a chance to build community ties beneficial for them upon release.
Such institutions include work camps where offenders get paid employment opportunities in the community. The benefit of such centers is that they allow inmates to move freely in and out of the facilities for specified durations.

Inmate Search

The United States Prison is the largest in the world. As such, finding an inmate can be daunting, particularly if you're not sure of the specific body housing the offender. However, the prison system provides various search options to ease the search process in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

Locating an Offender in the Custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Bureau of prisons provides an online inmate locator where individuals can utilize one of the two search options: Name and Number. The Name option requires you to input the prisoner's first, middle, and last names in conjunction or separately. However, using the names together will give narrower and more accurate results.
The Number search is the most accurate option as each number identifies a particular inmate. There are three subcategories: BOP Register Number, FBI Number, and INS Number.

Locating Offenders in State Prisons

Respective state departments of corrections are responsible for maintaining inmate details. They contain databases that the public can utilize by visiting the DOC's headquarters. There are also online search websites similar to that of the BOP with slight variations. All you have to do is key in the particular state of interest followed by "DOC Inmate Search." A good example would be "Georgia DOC Inmate Search."
Some of the state websites may contain information on sex offenders and parolees. Absconder information may also be available.

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