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 These archived pages are no longer updated and the blogs listed may contain outdated information and links that no longer function.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 21, 2016
Discussion reflects on the distance we have covered and the distance yet to go in our march toward a more fair and effective justice system. Partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders and national organizations to reduce the footprint of the criminal and juvenile justice systems are driving progress.
December 8, 2016
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason discusses the drawbacks of incarcerating youth, highlighted in a recent paper commissioned by the Harvard Executive Session on Community Policing.
November 29, 2016
Activities and accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) include expanding the range of grantees and partners working in community-based reentry programs, preventing youth violence, promoting responsible fatherhood, and devoting its efforts to building trust within our nation's communities.
November 28, 2016
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason joined Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., and Joe Torre, Founder and Chair of the Safe at Home Foundation, for a conversation about the Changing Minds national public awareness campaign.
November 21, 2016
Cities, counties, law enforcement agencies, housing providers and other stakeholders should review the HUD guidance and make sure their nuisance abatement ordinances, crime-free housing ordinances and crime-free housing programs are fair and do not discriminate. Domestic violence victims are already forced to make too many impossible choices. They should not have to choose between homelessness and their own safety.
August 31, 2016
It's been a decade since the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Professionals from around the country met at the 2016 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability to exchange ideas, learn about new tools and projects, and network with others in the field. The Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI) was highlighted in detail. This event was a fitting way to cap the 10th anniversary of the Adam Walsh Act.
June 30, 2016
As Pride Month comes to a close, here at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) we applaud those who have worked so passionately to advance the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersexual, or Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTQI-GNC) community. We look forward to working with our federal, state, and local partners to support initiatives to ensure the safety of these and all youth in the juvenile justice system.
April 29, 2016
Throughout National Reentry Week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and our federal partners are highlighting efforts and alliances underway that engage sectors other than criminal justice to support the successful reentry of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system.
April 28, 2016
Today, we are excited to share that the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations, Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol). This much awaited protocol not only provides specific guidance on forensic medical examinations, it clearly identifies the need for a coordinated community response to child sexual abuse.
April 14, 2016
Colleges and universities across the U.S. are taking action to address campus sexual assault. Research on the prevalence of and response to sexual assault on campuses provides critical information campuses need to develop effective prevention and intervention programs and to determine where they can best place funding and resources to effectively respond to sexual assault and promote the safety of their students.
March 24, 2016
I'm humbled to be here today, at my mother's alma mater, a place she always spoke of with such reverence and pride. Hearing from her the history of this institution, about the role it has played in changing the conscience of our nation, and to be standing here in this storied chapel, in the very room where Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. King spoke before me – I can only say, I am awed.
March 23, 2016
For the past 10 years, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) has been at the forefront of implementing effective practices to register and manage sex offenders. Since our inception, we've helped 17 states, 99 tribes, and three territories to substantially implement SORNA's requirements. One of our most significant accomplishments over the past 10 years is commissioning the development of the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI).
February 29, 2016
Last week, I had the privilege of hearing from seven remarkable individuals about their experiences as victims of wrongful convictions. For both original victims and exonerees, wrongful convictions represent an unspeakable miscarriage of justice, one for which few remedial services are available. We have a responsibility to prevent these tragic failures and address the collateral harm associated with them. Hearing from those who are most directly affected is vital if we hope to prevent other innocent people from suffering the same injustice, indignity, and pain.