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Courts

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Court Building

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 OJP is committed to providing the resources, tools, and support needed to help them test their ideas.

Several OJP bureaus provide programming and research support to address court-related issues:

  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers programming designed to assist prosecutors in several ways, including enhancing their ability to address gun crimes. BJA also provides assistance to adult drug courts and mental health courts across the country.
  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) contributes to the reduction of youth crime and violence through its support of juvenile and family drug courts.
  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) sponsors criminal court research and court-based program evaluation to identify tools, programs, and policies that satisfy criminal justice goals including public safety, cost-efficiency, and fair and equitable treatment of victims and defendants.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the following sites to learn about court-related funding opportunities from OJP bureaus and other federal sources:

See the OJP Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more about opportunities and to access archived solicitations.

Programs/Initiatives

Also see the Courts page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs.

Training and Technical Assistance

Information about juvenile drug courts is accessible in the Juvenile Drug Courts Practice Profile on the CrimeSolutions website.

See the following resources to learn more about juvenile drug court efforts and activities:

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:

Information about drug court funding can be found on the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program section of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website. When available, funding opportunities from BJA and other Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) program offices can be found on the Current Funding Opportunities page. Opportunities from OJP and other federal agencies are also posted on the Grants.gov website when available.

To stay informed when funding opportunities are released from OJP offices on this and other topics, subscribe to the weekly Funding News from NCJRS email. You can also sign up for JUSTINFO, our electronic newsletter sent out twice each month.

To learn more about drug courts, see the Drug Courts Special Feature section of our site.