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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 ex*****on, contract management, performance measurement, and administrative support.

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It’s National Police Week! BJA highlights initiatives working to reach and support our nation’s law enforcement professi...
05/11/2021

It’s National Police Week! BJA highlights initiatives working to reach and support our nation’s law enforcement professionals. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

It’s National Police Week! BJA highlights initiatives working to reach and support our nation’s law enforcement professionals. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

Each May, we pause to honor American law enforcement during National Police Week. This initiative reinforces our commitm...
05/11/2021

Each May, we pause to honor American law enforcement during National Police Week. This initiative reinforces our commitment to support those who serve and protect us and is an affirmation of the work that remains to be done to keep these courageous professionals safe. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

Each May, we pause to honor American law enforcement during National Police Week. This initiative reinforces our commitment to support those who serve and protect us and is an affirmation of the work that remains to be done to keep these courageous professionals safe. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

“To serve and protect.” During National Police Week we honor that powerful calling—and the incredible men and women who ...
05/11/2021

“To serve and protect.” During National Police Week we honor that powerful calling—and the incredible men and women who answer it. Throughout the year, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is committed to providing programs specifically designed to help officers and their families. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

“To serve and protect.” During National Police Week we honor that powerful calling—and the incredible men and women who answer it. Throughout the year, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is committed to providing programs specifically designed to help officers and their families. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

National Police Week is observed this year from May 9-15, 2021. Join us during this weeklong initiative to honor our Ame...
05/10/2021

National Police Week is observed this year from May 9-15, 2021. Join us during this weeklong initiative to honor our American law enforcement professionals. Learn how BJA is committed to supporting police officers and the communities they protect. https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

National Police Week is observed this year from May 9-15, 2021. Join us during this weeklong initiative to honor our American law enforcement professionals. Learn how BJA is committed to supporting police officers and the communities they protect. https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of...
05/10/2021

National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Join us throughout the week for virtual events as we pay tribute to our country’s law enforcement officers. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Join us throughout the week for virtual events as we pay tribute to our country’s law enforcement officers. #NationalPoliceWeek https://bja.ojp.gov/national-police-week?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=policeweek&utm_campaign=policeweek_2021

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program will support grants in two fo...
05/07/2021
FY 2021 Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program will support grants in two focus areas by supporting forensic pathology fellowships and providing resources necessary for ME/C offices to achieve accreditation. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 24, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 8, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-109001?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=medical-examiner&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

Through this program, BJA will support grants in two focus areas by supporting forensic pathology fellowships and providing resources necessary for ME/C offices to achieve accreditation.

BJA Funding Announced: The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Competitive) awards grants to sta...
05/07/2021
FY 2021 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Competitive | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA Funding Announced: The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Competitive) awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 24, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 8, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-109003?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=coverdell&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

With this solicitation, BJA seeks proposals for competitive funding under the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, which awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services.

New BJA Funding: The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Formula) is for State Administering Age...
05/07/2021
FY 2021 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program - Formula | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding: The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Formula) is for State Administering Agencies to apply for formula funds available through the Coverdell Program. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 24, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 8, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-109004?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=coverdell-formula&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This solicitation is for State Administering Agencies to apply for formula funds available through the Coverdell Program.

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence program provides funding to assist in defraying ...
05/06/2021
FY 2021 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence program provides funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction case review, evidence location, and DNA testing in violent felony cases (as defined by state law) where the results of such testing might show actual innocence. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 22, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 6, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-104003?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=dna-evidence&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program provides funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with postconviction case review, evidence location, and DNA testing in violent felony cases (as defined by state law) where the results of such testing might show actual innocence.

BJA Funding Announced: The DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program provides funding to states and ...
05/06/2021
FY 2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA Funding Announced: The DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program provides funding to states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis and/or prevent a backlog of forensic and database DNA samples. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 8, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 22, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-104004?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cebr&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program provides funding to states and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to increase the capacity of publicly funded forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA an...

New BJA Funding Available. The Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative program provides funding for state, local, a...
05/05/2021
FY 2021 Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding Available. The Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative program provides funding for state, local, and tribal governments to enhance or implement performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and address the substance use disorders impacting formerly incarcerated people. Grants.gov deadline: June 22, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 6, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-93001?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=pay-for-success&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program provides funding for state, local, and tribal governments to enhance or implement performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and address the substance use disorders impacting formerly inca...

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting program is used t...
05/05/2021
FY 2021 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting program is used to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-04001?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=forensics&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

Funding through this program is used to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

BJA Funding Announced: The Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Pr...
05/05/2021
FY 2021 Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA Funding Announced: The Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program is used to enhance, test, implement, and evaluate policies, practices, and technology to address and reduce the use of contraband cellphones in correctional facilities. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-94002?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=safeguarding-corrections&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

Funding through this program is used to enhance, test, implement, and evaluate policies, practices, and technology to address and reduce the use of contraband cellphones in correctional facilities.

New BJA Funding Available. The Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduc...
05/04/2021
FY 2021 Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

New BJA Funding Available. The Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan, implement, or expand effective reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism. Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-93002?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=iri&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan, implement, or expand effective reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) provid...
05/04/2021
FY 2021 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding Opportunity: The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) provides funding to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive programs in response to illicit opioids, stimulants, or other substances of abuse. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-94008?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossap&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

BJA Funding Announced: Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Pr...
05/04/2021
FY 2021 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program - Logistics | Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA Funding Announced: Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program - Logistics provides funding to support various training and technical assistance providers and comprehensive strategies in response to the growing addiction crisis that continues to impact our nation’s families and communities. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 7, 2021; JustGrants deadline: June 21, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-94009?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cossap-tta&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program provides funding to support various training and technical assistance providers and comprehensive strategies in response to the growing addiction crisis that continues to impact our nation’s families and communities.

New Funding Opportunity. The Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program is d...
05/03/2021
FY 2021 Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New Funding Opportunity. The Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program is designed to improve correctional educational and employment services for inmates and to improve treatment services for offenders with substance use disorders. This will in turn help reduce recidivism and promote public safety and recovery. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 22, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 6, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-98001?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=second-chance&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program is designed to improve correctional educational and employment services for general inmate populations and to improve treatment services for offenders with substance use disorders.

New BJA Funding Announced. BJA's Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA program provides grant funding to prosecute violent cr...
05/03/2021
FY 2021 Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA | Bureau of Justice Assistance

New BJA Funding Announced. BJA's Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA program provides grant funding to prosecute violent crime cold cases and decrease the number of violent crime cold cases awaiting/pending prosecution. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 22, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 6, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-94004?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=cold-cases&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program increases the capacity of state and local prosecution offices to address violent crime cold cases.

NEW BJA FUNDING! The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) provides funding to address the issue and impact of u...
05/03/2021
FY 2021 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

NEW BJA FUNDING! The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) provides funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). This program supports multidisciplinary community response teams to inventory, track, and expeditiously test previously unsubmitted SAKs. Learn more and apply. Grants.gov deadline: June 22, 2021; JustGrants deadline: July 6, 2021. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-94003?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=saki&utm_campaign=solicitation_2021

This program serves to improve: (1) state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime and (2) the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from sexual assault kit evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

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