This Fact Sheet of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) presents summaries of funding and technical assistance programs and services administered by BJA to support and upgrade state and local corrections and reentry services.
BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program pilots, establishes, or upgrades body-worn camera programs for law enforcement agencies, with a focus on policies and practices for effective program adoption, including the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment, data storage, and access. Another BJA program funds the implementation of transdisciplinary crisis response training to educate, train, and prepare law enforcement and corrections officers to interact appropriately with people who have behavioral health conditions (including mental health and substance use). BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) aims to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. Other BJA resource programs summarized intend to improve law enforcement officer behavioral health; the implementation of standards in correctional facilities that protect incarcerated persons from sexual abuse; the upgrading of tribal justice systems; improvement in reentry education and employment outcomes; improvement in substance-use disorder treatment and recovery outcomes for adults in reentry; improvement in treatment and recovery outcomes for adults in reentry; the provision of data collection and analysis procedures that can improve assessments of the efficiency and effectiveness of reentry services; reimbursement for bulletproof vests; and funding and technical assistance for supportive housing services for those reentering the community from incarceration.