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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI) Overview

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Date Published
February 2017
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This is a brief description of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program's (BCJI's) features and results.
The BCJI, which is administered by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), features data analysis to identify and address crime "hot spots," community involvement in public safety strategies, community revitalization, and partnerships among criminal justice agencies and community entities in addressing public safety issues. The BCJI's data-driven analysis of crime includes researcher-police cooperation in examining crime problems and monitoring the implementation and effects of crime-prevention and crime-control strategies. The community-oriented feature of BCJI promotes roles for residents in identifying crime problems, selecting strategies to prevent and counter it, and in creating safe and healthy environments. The revitalization component of BCJI addresses problem properties, unsafe streets and parks, unemployment, transportation barriers, and service gaps related to crime. BCJI's building of partnerships emphasizes the expansion of public safety resources to include community agencies and services that can address various crime-related factors. In the 65 BCJI sites that have received a combined $42.4 million in grants since 2012, the following results have occurred: dramatic reductions in crime; new homes and businesses being built in neighborhoods previously considered unsafe; more collaboration between police and residents in solving problems; and more effective and efficient deployment of public resources.