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Announcements

Register for Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Adult Court-Based Programs Webinar
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is hosting the Addressing Co-occurring Disorders in Adult Court-Based Programs webinar on August 16, 2012, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time.

Register for the Collaborative Case Work Webinar
Register now for the "Collaborative Case Work: Strategies and Approaches to Work Effectively with Justice Involved Women" webinar, which will be hosted by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and is co-sponsored by BJA and the National Institute of Corrections. The webinar will be held August 21, 2012 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. eastern time.

Register Now for Learning from People Who Succeed Upon Release Webinar
Register now for the National Reentry Resource Center's "Learning from People Who Succeed Upon Release: What Strategies, Approaches, and Tools Can Make a Difference" webinar, which will be held August 14, 2012 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time.

Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice
The BJA-funded Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) helps to broaden the knowledge base of practitioners and policymakers about criminal justice cost-benefit analysis, deepen the knowledge and practice in this area, and support practitioners in building their capacity to promote, use, and interpret cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice settings.

Opinions as the Voice of the Court: How State Supreme Courts Can Communicate Effectively and Promote Procedural Fairness
Read the latest paper from the Harvard Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century, which discusses the nature of and trends in the formation of state supreme court opinions and the methods by which opinions are communicated to the press, the public, members of the bar, and online communities.

Mental Health Court Evaluation Released
The Urban Institute has released an evaluation, Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders With Mental Illness, that shows that participants in two New York City mental health courts are significantly less likely to re-offend than similar offenders whose cases are handled in the traditional court system

Funding

There are currently no open funding opportunities available from BJA.

Publications

Data-Driven Decisionmaking for Strategic Justice Reinvestment (NCJ 239001), BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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Drug Courts (NCJ 238527), National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2012. This brief from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, presents an overview of drug courts across the country.
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Improving Strategic Planning through Collaborative Bodies (NCJ 239000), BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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Tracking Costs and Savings through Justice Reinvestment (NCJ 238999), BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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Reducing Crime Through Intelligence-Led Policing (NCJ 238980), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2012. The case studies in this report validate the fact that implementing Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) substantially enhanced the ability of these high-performing agencies to achieve success. ILP was implemented in varying degrees within these agencies and was often complemented by other policing practices, such as community policing, problem solving, and CompStat based on robust data collection and analysis.
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Events

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2012 Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 19-22, 2012

2012 Midwest Security & Police Conference/Expo
Tinley Park, Illinois
August 21-22, 2012

Texas Jail Association's Jail Management Issues Conference
Galveston, Texas
August 22-25, 2012

Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation Training Program
Largo, Florida
August 28-30

Family Drug Courts: A National Symposium to Improve Family Recovery, Safety and Stability
Anaheim, California
September 5-6, 2012

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Topics

BJA is committed to many initiatives that we hope will bring positive changes and help each of our partners in the field. Listed below are the topical areas of focus for BJA.

Adjudication
Prosecutors, judges, and court personnel are looking for new approaches to adjudicating offenders that will not only clear cases and decrease dockets, but also lower recidivism.

Corrections
Supervising offenders in the community and preparing offenders for their return to their communities are critical to protecting public safety.

Counter-Terrorism
BJA recognizes that it is the job of law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to bring terrorists to justice, but we also believe that every citizen can play a vital part in helping to prevent terrorism.

Crime Prevention
Preventing crime involves not only making sure that our homes are secure and that we take precautions to be safe, it also means working with law enforcement to look out for the safety of our neighbors and other community members.

Justice Information Sharing
While the sharing of information must be the responsibility of criminal justice agencies, at BJA we are committed to providing the resources and assistance needed to make it as easy as possible.

Law Enforcement
At BJA, we respect the choice of law enforcement officers to dedicate themselves to serving their communities. We believe that we must honor their service by doing everything possible to provide them with the support, resources, and training they need to meet the needs of their communities.

Mental Health
BJA supports a variety of programs and activities aimed at improving the criminal justice system's response to people with mental illness.

Substance Abuse
BJA supports a variety of efforts addressing substance abuse and the associated dangers, including treatment services.

Tribal Justice
BJA is committed to preventing and controlling crime, violence, and substance abuse and improving the functioning of criminal justice systems in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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