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For statistical information, go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) website.

Emergency Funding Announced to Address Public Safety Crisis in Rural Alaska

The Justice Department has authorized more than $10 million in immediate funding to support police in Alaska Native villages and additional resources to expand prosecution resources, Project Safe Neighborhoods crime reduction measures, and for other purposes. Learn more in the press release.



Learn About Project Safe Neighborhoods

Watch the recently posted Project Safe Neighborhoods video highlighting the Justice Department's comprehensive strategy to reduce violent crime in communities across the country.



Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials

To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.



BJA Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars

BJA recently led a series of four educational webinars designed to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities. Recordings of the webinars will soon be available to those who were unable to attend.



Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.



Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

“How we respond to this crisis is a test for America”

A new report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

This report marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders.

Watch Facing Addiction in America: A National Summit to learn more about the release of the report.



Addressing Secondary Trauma in Tribal Court Staff (Webinar)
Dates: 7/19/2019 - 7/19/2019
Location: 1:30 p.m. ET,

Financial Management Training Seminar: Basic
Dates: 7/24/2019 - 7/25/2019
Location: Washington, DC

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference
Dates: 7/28/2019 - 7/31/2019
Location: Orlando, FL

Conducting Unexplained Child Death Investigations
Dates: 7/29/2019 - 8/1/2019
Location: Baltimore, MD

Federal Criminal Practice for Tribal Prosecutors Seminar
Dates: 7/30/2019 - 8/2/2019
Location: Columbia, SC

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

Indigent Defense for Homicide Cases (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Indigent defense involves the constitutionally mandated free representation of individuals accused of crimes who are unable to afford private representation. Since 1993, every fifth murder case is sequentially assigned at the preliminary arraignment to be represented by attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Maine Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
Court supervised, post-plea (but pre-final disposition) drug diversion programs that provide comprehensive community-based treatment services to juvenile offenders and their families.

Minneapolis Center for Victim-Offender Mediation
A restorative justice program that provides juvenile offenders and their victims the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the presence of a mediator to discuss the offense and establish a plan for the future.

Adolescent Diversion Project (Michigan State University)
A strengths-based, university-led program that diverts arrested youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system and provides them with community-based services.

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Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components, (NCJ 205621), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2004. This report presents 10 key components that describe the basic elements that characterize effective drug courts.
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Fair, Timely, Economical Justice: Achieving Justice Through Effective Caseflow Management, (NCJ 229252), Bureau of Justice Assistance, December 2009. This document invites judges to examine effective caseflow management's benefits and contains six key concepts integral to effective caseflow management.
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Drug Courts, BJA, NIJ, and OJJDP, May 2018. This brief presents an overview of drug courts across the country.
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National Summit on Wrongful Convictions: Building a Systemic Approach to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) gathered 75 subject matter experts to create a national strategy to prevent and reduce wrongful convictions.
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Solutions for Safer Communities: BJA FY 2013 Annual Report to Congress, Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2015. This Annual Report describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources BJA provided in FY 2013 to support jurisdictions in reducing and preventing crime and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.
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Improving Witness Safety and Preventing Witness Intimidation in the Justice System: Benchmarks for Progress, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This resource includes tools that are intended to provide criminal justice leaders with concrete guidance to implement best practices in providing for victim and witness safety.
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Solutions for Safer Communities: BJA FY 2012 Annual Report to Congress, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2014. This Annual Report describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources BJA provided to support jurisdictions in reducing and preventing crime and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.
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Program Performance Report: John R. Justice Program, October 2010-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This report includes program performance information reported by recipients of the John R. Justice Program grants in FY 2010, FY 2011, and FY 2012.
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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.
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Program Performance Report: Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP), January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report presents performance information reported by IPEP grant recipients for the January through June reporting periods.
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