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BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support state, local, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. To accomplish this mission, BJA is organized into four primary components: Programs Office, Policy Office, Planning Office, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Office. The Programs Office administers state, local, and tribal grant programs and acts as BJA’s direct line of communication to states, local jurisdictions, territories, and tribal governments by providing customer-focused grants management support and careful stewardship over federal funds. The Policy Office provides national leadership to criminal justice organizations and agencies that partner with BJA to identify effective program models for replication and infuse data-driven evidence-based strategies into operational models, practices, and programs. The Policy Office provides policy guidance and TTA to communities and criminal justice partners to meet emerging and chronic criminal justice needs. The Planning Office provides overall BJA-wide planning and coordination, including coordination of communications, budget formulation and execution, contract management, performance measurement, and administrative support.

Mission: BJA's mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support state, local, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. To accomplish this mission, BJA is organized into four primary components: Programs Office, Policy Office, Planning Office, and the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Office.

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Just Released: National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications. Created under BJA’s Preventing Vio...
08/14/2020
National Survey on Officer Safety Training Report and Resources Released | BJA

Just Released: National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications. Created under BJA’s Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative and produced by The National Police Foundation, the report examines officer safety and wellness training and resource needs for law enforcement professionals across the country. #BestOfTheBlue https://bja.ojp.gov/news/national-survey-officer-safety-training-report-and-resources-released?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=npf_report_8.13.2020&utm_campaign=bjanews

The Ashanti Alert Pilot Project webinar recording is now available. This webinar provides an overview about the Ashanti ...
08/13/2020
Recording Available for the Ashanti Alert Act Webinar | Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Ashanti Alert Pilot Project webinar recording is now available. This webinar provides an overview about the Ashanti Alert Act and how agencies can become part of this national alert network. View now. https://bja.ojp.gov/news/recording-available-ashanti-alert-act-webinar?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=ashanti-recording&utm_campaign=bjaevents

Watch the recording of the webinar held on July 23, 2020.

In partnership with BJA, The National Police Foundation​ (NPF) has released the National Survey on Officer Safety Traini...
08/13/2020
National Survey on Officer Safety Training Report and Resources Released | BJA

In partnership with BJA, The National Police Foundation​ (NPF) has released the National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications. The report presents the results of a national survey developed and administered by NPF to examine the officer safety and wellness training and resource needs of law enforcement officers and executives. Read the full report now. #BestOfTheBlue https://bja.ojp.gov/news/national-survey-officer-safety-training-report-and-resources-released?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=npf_report_8.13.2020&utm_campaign=bjanews

BJA’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Helps Bring Serial Rapist Gary Young to Justice. SAKI is a BJA initiative tha...
08/12/2020
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) | Overview

BJA’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Helps Bring Serial Rapist Gary Young to Justice. SAKI is a BJA initiative that delivers an evidence-based national response model to aid law enforcement in testing sexual assault kits and bringing offenders to justice. Learn more about #SAKI and how BJA continues to keep communities safe. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/sexual-assault-kit-initiative-saki/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

The goal of this grant program is to address the growing number of unsubmitted SAKs in law enforcement custody, and to help provide resolution for victims when possible. There is broad consensus that this must be accomplished through a comprehensive approach to the problem. Grant funding may be used...

BJA’s Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to enhance the operations of dr...
08/06/2020
Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program | Overview

BJA’s Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to enhance the operations of drug courts or to implement new veterans treatment courts. These courts effectively integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatments, drug testing protocol, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services to help reduce recidivism and substance abuse. Learn more. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/drug-court-discretionary-grant-program/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=drugcourts&utm_campaign=bjaprogram

The Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Discretionary Grant Program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to enhance the operations of drug courts or to im...

08/05/2020
The United States Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice

“The Justice Department is awarding more than $35 million in grants to support housing for victims of human trafficking, the largest ever federal investment of this kind. These funds will help 73 organizations in 34 states to fill an urgent need of trafficking victims. When survivors are liberated from the nightmare of trafficking, they often face a new challenge, they have nowhere to live. Tragically the trauma of trafficking can give way to new dangers caused by homelessness, and can even result in revictimization by predators. No one should have to endure that heartbreak."--Attorney General Barr at the White House today announcing $35 Million to Provide Housing to Victims of Human Trafficking.

Read more at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-awards-over-35-million-provide-housing-victims-human-trafficking

Full remarks: https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-william-p-barr-remarks-white-house-roundtable-housing-assistance-grants

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08/03/2020

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Don’t forget! Nominate firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement officers for the Public Safety Officer #MedalOfValor befor...
07/29/2020
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor | BJA

Don’t forget! Nominate firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement officers for the Public Safety Officer #MedalOfValor before this week’s deadline on Friday, July 31. https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/Programs/MedalOfValor/index.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mov2020

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America's citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public s...

BJA will join COPS and members of U.S. Attorney’s Office from all three districts in North Carolina for a series of list...
07/29/2020
News | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA will join COPS and members of U.S. Attorney’s Office from all three districts in North Carolina for a series of listening sessions to discuss policing challenges in rural communities and within smaller agencies and departments. This series aims to better understand the needs of rural and small police departments across several states and, in turn, identify the most appropriate support available that’s offered through the The United States Department of Justice. https://bja.ojp.gov/news?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nc_listening-series&utm_campaign=bjaevents

Access announcements about new resources, upcoming events, solicitation releases, and more.

BJA’s Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) supports programs that develop, implement, and test innovative and evi...
07/24/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

BJA’s Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) supports programs that develop, implement, and test innovative and evidence-based probation and parole practices. Learn more during #PPPSWeek. https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

BJA’s Innovations in Reentry Initiative (IRI) initiative was established to identify innovative ways to increase the suc...
07/23/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

BJA’s Innovations in Reentry Initiative (IRI) initiative was established to identify innovative ways to increase the success rates of individuals returning to their communities and reduce the number of crimes committed by those recently returning. Learn more during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

Did you hear? OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance Director Michael Costigan will be opening the SAFLEO webinar, “Empowering...
07/23/2020
SAFLEO Webinar: Empowering Support Systems to Recognize, Identify, and Act on Concerning Behavior - VALOR for Blue

Did you hear? OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance Director Michael Costigan will be opening the SAFLEO webinar, “Empowering Support Systems to Recognize, Identify, and Act on Concerning Behavior.” Register now to secure your spot! https://www.valorforblue.org/SAFLEO/Training/Event/SAFLEO-Web-7-20

To register, fill out the form below. Because funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), there is no cost to attend this webinar.

Check out @BJANTTAC’s new blog to learn how the Las Vegas Municipal Court developed and implemented the Nevada Pretrial ...
07/23/2020
Enhancing the Justice System Through the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment Tool: A Case Study in Las Vegas Municipal Court

Check out @BJANTTAC’s new blog to learn how the Las Vegas Municipal Court developed and implemented the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment tool to balance individuals’ rights for due process, ensure #publicsafety, and maintain the integrity of the #judicalsystem! https://bjatta.bja.ojp.gov/media/blog/enhancing-justice-system-through-nevada-pretrial-risk-assessment-tool-case-study-las

BJA’s Improving Community Supervision Outcomes Through Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Responses initiative provides gran...
07/23/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

BJA’s Improving Community Supervision Outcomes Through Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Responses initiative provides grants and assistance to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop, implement, and test an SCF program model. Learn more about this BJA initiative during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

BJA’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with c...
07/22/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

BJA’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding to support a range of program areas, including those that address correctional activities. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

It’s Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Review BJA resources and programs that support community correcti...
07/22/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

It’s Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Review BJA resources and programs that support community corrections. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

To commemorate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, BJA highlights initiatives working to support community...
07/21/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

To commemorate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, BJA highlights initiatives working to support community corrections. Learn more. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

July 19-25 is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Join BJA as we commemorate the important work done by co...
07/21/2020
Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week

July 19-25 is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Join BJA as we commemorate the important work done by community corrections to keep our communities safe. #PPPSWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/pretrial-probation-and-parole-supervision-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pppsw&utm_campaign=bjaprograms

This year, Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is July 19 through 25, 2020. Programs That Support Community Corrections Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support....

Law enforcement agencies across the country are using body-worn cameras (BWC) as a promising tool to improve evidentiary...
07/16/2020
Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) | Overview

Law enforcement agencies across the country are using body-worn cameras (BWC) as a promising tool to improve evidentiary outcomes, and enhance the safety of, and improve interactions between, officers and the public. Learn more about BJA's BWC initiative. https://bja.ojp.gov/program/body-worn-cameras-bwcs/overview?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=bwc&utm_campaign=bja-programs

Law enforcement agencies across the United States and throughout the world are using body-worn cameras (BWCs) as a promising tool to improve evidentiary outcomes, and enhance the safety of, and improve interactions between, officers and the public. BWCs also are proving to be an important tool to as...

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