This is an index of archived Office of Justice Programs blogs. These archived pages are no longer updated and the blogs listed may contain outdated information and links that no longer function.
December 22, 2015
Improving the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth across the country is a priority of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). I'm excited to announce that Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman has joined OJJDP as our new Senior Tribal Policy Advisor to advance our efforts for tribal youth and juvenile justice reform in tribal communities.
December 10, 2015
The holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time spent with loved ones. But this time of year is not joyful for everyone. Trauma and anxiety can return for crime victims, especially at this time of year. For those who have recently experienced a tragedy or lost a family member or friend, the holiday cheer may seem too much to bear. Suggestions from the Coping with the Holidays resource include creating a special tribute, balancing solitude with sociability, reliving happy memories, finding a creative outlet, and protecting your health.
September 18, 2015
College education programs in prison are a cost-effective means of addressing recidivism. Such programs have been shown to measurably reduce the likelihood that people who have been incarcerated will return to prison and to increase their odds of obtaining and keeping employment after being released. As Attorney General Lynch has said, "for incarcerated individuals, education can provide an avenue to redemption and a chance to earn their way back into mainstream society".
July 30, 2015
If the phrases "evidence-based" and "data-driven" seem to pop up a lot when you read Bureau of Justice Assistance solicitations, you've clearly been paying attention to a marked shift in emphasis in the design of our funding programs. BJA has built up a large and growing portfolio of grant efforts that rest on a solid foundation of knowledge, from our "Smart Suite," which pairs practitioners with researchers to address a host of justice system issues, to our Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which has helped states and local jurisdictions reduce incarceration rates, save money, and improve public safety.
July 14, 2015
Recognizing Impact on Victims' Services: Nominations Open for the 2016 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.
For more than 30 years, OJP's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has recognized extraordinary individuals and organizations through the National Crime Victims' Service Awards. These awards are presented each April in Washington, DC during National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
July 6, 2015
Conversations about citizen interactions with police often begin with stories of encounters gone wrong and end in blame and recrimination, so it is refreshing – and heartening – to be part of a discussion that yields a positive take-away. Birmingham is one of six pilot sites selected as part of the Department's National Initiative on Building Community Trust and Justice to test trust-building strategies and determine what works to build enduring community ties. It was clear through the discussions that stakeholders across the city are working hard to change the dynamics of community policing. . . and they are succeeding.
June 30, 2015
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, is proud to stand with the White House to honor public safety officers. The medal is to be awarded annually by the President or Vice President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
April 29, 2015
Student safety is a growing concern across the nation following news reports of sexual assaults on college campuses. In collaboration with the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has been actively assisting the campus public safety community with the proper handling of reports of sexual assaults on college campuses.
April 27, 2015
During her testimony before the Senate in January, Loretta Lynch listed her top three priorities should she be confirmed as Attorney General: "to ensure the safety of our citizens, to protect the most vulnerable among us from crime and abuse, and to strengthen the vital relationships between America's brave law enforcement officers and the communities they are entrusted to serve."
April 13, 2015
Results from untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) represent crucial evidence that could be used to solve cases and help prevent recidivism, including the commission of additional crimes, and victimization.
April 6, 2015
Read how NIJ is studying campus practices and policies for investigating and adjudicating sexual assault cases. Research can provide evidence-based answers to many of the questions about campus sexual assault—how often it happens, how universities and colleges can respond, and what can be done to prevent it.