After stating the overall purpose of the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ’s) Office of Justice Programs (OJP), this report presents an overview of the mission of each of OJP’s six program offices, followed by a brief description of the steps for accessing opportunities and applying for funding related to OJP’s mission.
OJP provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources for improving the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist crime victims, and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems of U.S. jurisdictions. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance provides grants, training, and technical assistance for reducing and preventing crime, reducing recidivism, and promoting fair and safe criminal justice systems. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics is the primary source of U.S. statistics on crime, offenders, victims, and the justice system. OJP’s National Institute of Justice provides leadership in researching and promoting evidence-based criminal justice policies and practices. OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides national leadership, coordination, and resources intended to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime raises awareness of the needs of and services for crime victims; and OJP’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking assists U.S. jurisdictions in complying with federal sex offender registration and notification standards. This report concludes with a summary of how to prepare for, find, learn about, and apply for OJP resources.