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December 22, 2023

A look back on 2023

During 2023, OJP continued its work to advance equity and improve community safety. OJP’s program offices contributed to this mission in abundance, with groundbreaking reports, programs and more.


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December 18, 2023

The 2023 Violent Crime Reduction Summit: Innovative Partnerships That Protect Public Safety

Over 1,100 local, state, and federal law enforcement leaders and partners from around the country gathered to share innovative and promising solutions to one of the most urgent questions they confront.


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October 31, 2023

OJP Grants Aimed at Combatting Rise in Hate Crimes

Learn how OJP is tackling the increasing hate crimes in the U.S.


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October 20, 2023

Amplifying the Youth Voice During Youth Justice Action Month

The YJAM 2023 theme is “Justice Is….”


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October 18, 2023

Helping Communities Serve Victims of Mass Violence

“We understood the importance of the center having state-of-the-art technology to expand access and create options for survivors.”


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October 6, 2023

OJP Grants Unlock Youth Potential

Civic Heart's VOICES and Youth C.A.N. programs provide wraparound services to justice-involved youth, helping them overcome barriers to success.


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September 28, 2023

Embracing CVI in Boston Communities and Nationwide

OJP invests in Boston CVI organizations and others around the country to expand access to lifesaving interventions.


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September 27, 2023

Joe Platania and the Power of Prosecutors

"If you don't wake up every day terrified by the power that you possess as a prosecutor, you should do something else."


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September 25, 2023

Unraveling the Mystery: The Nancy Bennallack Case Finally Solved

One case that haunted the Sacramento County community for decades is that of Nancy Bennallack.


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September 18, 2023

OJJDP Celebrates 49th Year of the JJDPA

OJJDP envisions a nation where all children are free from crime and violence, and where youth contact with the justice system is rare, fair, and beneficial.


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September 18, 2023

Reaching Recovery in Rural and Tribal Areas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100,000 individuals die annually from a drug overdose in the United States.


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September 1, 2023

Engaged Communities Inspire Hope

September is National Recovery Month. Read how OJP is supporting substance use recovery in America’s communities.


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July 25, 2023

OJJDP in the Field: Utah Program Site Visit

As OJJDP Administrator, I recently had the honor of visiting Salt Lake City for a Utah leadership convening and program site visits.


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July 10, 2023

Four Champions of Racial Justice

Racial disparities in arrest and incarceration rates, and a lack of services and resources for treating trauma and victimization, have exacted a heavy toll....


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June 12, 2023

The Positive Impacts of Women in Law Enforcement

Increasing the number of women in law enforcement positively impacts public safety and community perception of police.


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May 31, 2023

OJJDP Calls on States to Strengthen Youth Defense Systems

More than 25,000 youth are sent to juvenile detention and correctional facilities each year.


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May 25, 2023

People Who Inspired BJA Programs: James Byrd, Jr.

"To keep my dad's memory alive, I wanted to lead people to know there is no place for hate"



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May 19, 2023

A Message to Our Law Enforcement Partners

During National Police Week, we join our colleagues in honoring the brave public servants who work so hard to protect our communities and uphold the rule of law.


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May 11, 2023

Achieving Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors in Georgia

Since its inception, SAKI has helped jurisdictions across the country in closing sexual assault cases by testing more than 85,700 sexual assault kits.


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May 5, 2023

USDA Programs Help Feed Children

For some Americans, affording the essentials—like groceries—may become more difficult as food prices are expected to rise 6.5 percent by the end of 2023.


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May 1, 2023

The Scottsboro Boys: Legacy of Injustice

Collectively, the "Scottsboro Boys" spent a total of 130 years in Alabama jails and prisons for a crime they did not commit.


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April 25, 2023

Second Chances, First Opportunities

By focusing on reentry, we can help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.


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April 25, 2023

Enforcing Victims’ Rights: Elevating Survivor Voices

We want to amplify the voices of survivors and give them confidence they will be heard, believed and supported.


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April 19, 2023

Marlon Chamberlain and the Campaign To End "Permanent Punishments"

While in prison, he said, the death of his mother changed the course of his life. I started doing whatever I could to prepare myself for my release," he said. But when freedom came, it was not what he imagined.


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April 13, 2023

The 54th Mile Project: A 54-Mile, 58-Year Journey to Police Reform

To understand The 54th Mile Project, you first have to know something about its founders, all of whom hold senior leadership positions in law enforcement.


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February 13, 2023

Seven Trailblazers Address Community Violence Intervention

The Office of Justice Programs is working together with changemakers engaged in their communities to make a difference.


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February 13, 2023

Celebrating Youth Achievements and Promise During Black History Month

Every February, Black History Month invites us to highlight those contributions, to remember and celebrate their role in U.S. history.


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January 30, 2023

OJP Helps Communities Fight Hate

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has reported that Americans, on average, suffered approximately 247,000 hate crime victimizations annually between 2005 and 2019.


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January 18, 2023

Finding a Serial Killer—and Justice—After 40 Years

Find out how the cold-case murders of four women who died over 40 years ago was solved.



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