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Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA strengthens the Nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system.  BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide.

Visit the BJA website to learn more about BJA.

BJA Key Areas

BJA is organized into four primary components:  Programs Office, Policy Office, Operations Office, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Office.

Strategic Focus Areas

BJA has five major strategic focus areas:

  1.  Reduction in violent crime, improvement in community safety, and support for public safety officers
  2.  Reduction in recidivism and prevention of unnecessary confinement
  3.  Integration of evidence-based, research-driven strategies into the day-to-day operations of BJA and the programs BJA administers and supports
  4.  Increasing program effectiveness with a renewed emphasis on data analysis, information sharing, and performance management
  5.  Ensuring organizational excellence

BJA Leadership

Kristen Mahoney
Acting Director; Deputy Director for Programs

About Kristen

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Ms. Kristen Mahoney serves as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the Office of Justice Programs.  She has comprehensive and practical experience creating criminal justice policies, programming and technical assistance that aid state, local, and tribal communities.  In 2016, Ms. Mahoney was recognized for her work developing the Violence Reduction Network (now the National Public Safety Partnership) and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive by President Barack Obama.

From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Mahoney served the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention for the State of Maryland.  She came to state government after serving as the Chief of Technical Services for the Baltimore Police Department and the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for the City of Baltimore.  Ms. Mahoney received her B.A. from Sweet Briar College and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore.

Contact BJA

Contact BJA
Phone: 202-616-6500

Date Created: January 7, 2020