Prosecutors, judges, and court personnel are continuously looking for new approaches to clearing cases, decreasing dockets and preventing recidivism. Throughout the U.S., experts have found that crimes involving drugs, gun violence and mentally ill and disabled populations respond to special efforts to help hold accountable the individuals who have committed the crime, while also ensuring those individuals return to the community with the services and supervision they need to help them stop their negative behavior. Local court personnel may choose methods unique to their communities to meet these needs, and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is committed to providing the resources, tools, and support needed to help them test their ideas.
Through various funding opportunities, research, and more, OJP is working to provide critical information and resources to court personnel and to support programs.
Programs & Initiatives
Following are examples of programs and initiatives from OJP and the OJP program offices related to this topic:
- Drug Courts
- Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
- National Drug Court Resource Center
- Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program
Also see the Courts page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs.
Training & Technical Assistance
Visit the following sites to learn about training and technical assistance services from and supported by OJP program offices:
Frequently Asked Questions
The Drug Courts Special Feature section of our website provides information and resources about drug courts. Also view Drug Courts, a resource from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), as well as OJJDP's In Focus: Drug Courts fact sheet.
Visit the following sites for further information on drug courts:
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover financial losses resulting from a crime. This is different from a criminal case that the state prosecutes to determine guilt.
In addition, if your case goes to criminal trial and the defendant is found guilty, you may want to make an inquiry with your attorney about requesting restitution during sentencing.
If you are the victim of a crime and are interested in receiving a referral for a civil attorney, you may request assistance through the National Crime Victim Bar Association by completing an online questionnaire.
Visit the Current Funding Opportunities section of our site for open opportunities. You can also conduct a search of funding opportunities from all federal agencies using the Grants.gov website. This site captures federal funding information covering a wealth of different topics, including those related to juvenile and criminal justice.
To stay informed when funding opportunities are released from OJP program offices on this and other topics, subscribe to our electronic newsletter, JUSTINFO. You can also receive weekly notices regarding funding releases by subscribing to OJP's Funding News.
To learn more about juvenile drug court efforts and activities, see the following resources: