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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
France: Efforts to Counter Islamist Terrorism and Radicalization

France: Efforts to Counter Islamist Terrorism and Radicalization

Date: June 29, 2015
Creator: Belkin, Paul
Description: This report briefly discusses heightened concern regarding the threat of Islamist terrorism in France and Europe.
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Sex Trafficking: An Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Sex Trafficking: An Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Date: June 25, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses federal laws on sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a state crime. Federal law, however, makes it a federal crime to conduct the activities of a sex trafficking enterprise in a way that affects interstate or foreign commerce or that involves travel in interstate or foreign commerce.
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Sifting Domestic Terrorism from Other Illegal Activity

Sifting Domestic Terrorism from Other Illegal Activity

Date: June 24, 2015
Creator: Bjelopera, Jerome P.
Description: This report briefly discusses key differences between domestic terrorism and ordinary criminal activity. Unlike ordinary criminals--who are often driven by self-centered motives such as profit and tend to opportunistically seek easy prey--domestic terrorists are driven by a cause or ideology.
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Risk and Needs Assessment in the Criminal Justice System

Risk and Needs Assessment in the Criminal Justice System

Date: June 22, 2015
Creator: James, Nathan
Description: This report provides information on the use of risk and needs assessment in the criminal justice system. It starts with an overview of risk and needs assessment and a discussion of some of the critiques of it. The report concludes with a discussion of the issues policymakers might consider if they debate legislation to expand the use of risk and needs assessment in the federal prison system.
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South Carolina Church Shooting and Hate Crime in the United States

South Carolina Church Shooting and Hate Crime in the United States

Date: June 18, 2015
Creator: Sacco, Lisa N. & Finklea, Kristin
Description: This report provides statistics on Hate Crimes in the United States, in the wake of the South Carolina Church Shooting on June 18, 2015.
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Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Date: June 3, 2015
Creator: Weiss, N. E.
Description: This report analyzes the sharing of cyberattack information by government with private companies, by private companies with the government, and among private companies. Sharing information with consumers is mentioned but is not the central focus of this report.
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Agricultural Disaster Assistance

Agricultural Disaster Assistance

Date: May 20, 2015
Creator: Shields, Dennis A.
Description: This report briefly discusses the federal grand jury, which exists to investigate crimes against the United States and to secure the constitutional right of grand jury indictment.
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The Federal Grand Jury

The Federal Grand Jury

Date: May 7, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the federal grand jury, which exists to investigate crimes against the United States and to secure the constitutional right of grand jury indictment.
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U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond

U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond

Date: May 7, 2015
Creator: Ribando Seelke, Clare & Finklea, Kristin M.
Description: This report begins with a brief discussion of security challenges in Mexico and Mexico's security strategy. It then provides updated information on congressional funding and oversight of the Mérida Initiative before delving into its four pillars. The report concludes by raising policy issues that Congress may wish to consider as it continues to fund and oversee the Mérida Initiative and broader U.S.-Mexican security cooperation.
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Missing and Exploited Children: Background, Policies, and Issues

Missing and Exploited Children: Background, Policies, and Issues

Date: April 29, 2015
Creator: Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L.
Description: This report covers only select aspects of the broader topic of missing and exploited children. It begins with an overview of the scope of the missing and exploited children issue, including definitions and approximate numbers of children known to be missing or exploited. The report also provides information about the Missing and Exploited Children's (MEC) program's funding, oversight, and major components. Finally, the report discusses issues that may be relevant to the MEC program.
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Sex Trafficking: Proposals in the 114th Congress to Amend Federal Criminal Law

Sex Trafficking: Proposals in the 114th Congress to Amend Federal Criminal Law

Date: April 29, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses proposed legislation that would amend federal substantive law in three areas: commercial sex trafficking (18 U.S.C. 1591); the Mann Act, which outlaws transportation and travel for unlawful sexual purposes; and federal tax crimes.
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Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Date: April 28, 2015
Creator: Tehan, Rita
Description: This report provides references to analytical reports on cybersecurity from CRS, other government agencies, trade associations, and interest groups. The reports and related websites are grouped under a variety of cybersecurity topics.
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Attribution in Cyberspace: Challenges for U.S. Law Enforcement

Attribution in Cyberspace: Challenges for U.S. Law Enforcement

Date: April 17, 2015
Creator: Finklea, Kristin
Description: This report discusses criminal attribution in the cyber security realm.
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Domestic Human Trafficking Legislation in the 114th Congress

Domestic Human Trafficking Legislation in the 114th Congress

Date: April 16, 2015
Creator: Finklea, Kristin; Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L. & Siskin, Alison
Description: This report discusses domestic human trafficking-related issues that have received legislative action or are of significant interest in the 114th Congress.
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Federal Involvement in Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Overview and Issues for Congress, In Brief

Federal Involvement in Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Overview and Issues for Congress, In Brief

Date: March 25, 2015
Creator: Sacco, Lisa N.
Description: This report begins with a brief background on sex offender crime and policy in the United States, followed by a description of the role of the federal government in sex offender registration and notification. It concludes with a discussion of select issues on which Congress may exercise additional oversight or address through legislation.
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Terrorist Attacks in Europe and Mounting Security Concerns

Terrorist Attacks in Europe and Mounting Security Concerns

Date: March 16, 2015
Creator: Archick, Kristin & Belkin, Paul
Description: This report briefly discusses the European policy response to recent terrorist attacks.
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Balancing Tourism against Terrorism: The Visa Waiver Program

Balancing Tourism against Terrorism: The Visa Waiver Program

Date: March 13, 2015
Creator: Platzer, Michaela D. & Siskin, Alison
Description: This report briefly discusses Congress's concern that some foreign fighters might exploit the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to enter the United States and commit acts of terrorism. The VWP allows eligible visitors from 38 European nations and a few prosperous Asia-Pacific countries to enter the United States for short business or leisure stays without first obtaining a visa from a U.S. consulate abroad.
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Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Date: March 13, 2015
Creator: Tehan, Rita
Description: This report provides references to analytical reports on cybersecurity from CRS, other government agencies, trade associations, and interest groups. The reports and related websites are grouped under the following cybersecurity topics: policy overview; National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC); cloud computing and FedRAMP; critical infrastructure; cybercrime, data breaches and data security; national security, cyber espionage, and cyberwar (including Stuxnet); international efforts; education/training/workforce; and research and development (R&D).
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Supervised Release (Parole): An Abbreviated Outline of Federal Law

Supervised Release (Parole): An Abbreviated Outline of Federal Law

Date: March 5, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the supervised release (parole) for federal crimes, the nature of the supervision and the conditions imposed during supervised release.
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Supervised Release (Parole): An Overview of Federal Law

Supervised Release (Parole): An Overview of Federal Law

Date: March 5, 2015
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: This report discusses the supervised release (parole) for federal crimes, the nature of the supervision, and the conditions imposed during supervised release.
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Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, by Topic

Date: February 27, 2015
Creator: Tehan, Rita
Description: This report provides references to analytical reports on cybersecurity from CRS, other government agencies, trade associations, and interest groups. The reports and related websites are grouped under a variety of cybersecurity topics.
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Domestic Human Trafficking Legislation in the 114th Congress

Domestic Human Trafficking Legislation in the 114th Congress

Date: February 23, 2015
Creator: Finklea, Kristin; Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L. & Siskin, Alison
Description: This report discusses domestic human trafficking-related issues that have received legislative action or are of significant interest in the 114th Congress.
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Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis

Date: February 23, 2015
Creator: Weiss, N. Eric
Description: This report analyzes the sharing of cyberattack information by government with private companies, by private companies with the government, and among private companies. Sharing information with consumers is mentioned but is not the central focus of this report.
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Overview of FY2016 Appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS)

Overview of FY2016 Appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS)

Date: February 23, 2015
Creator: James, Nathan
Description: This report tracks and describes actions taken by the Administration and Congress to provide FY2016 appropriations for the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) accounts. It also provides an overview of FY2015 appropriations for agencies and bureaus funded as part of the annual appropriation for CJS.
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