- Five new cities join the Violent Reduction Network (VRN)
VRN is a comprehensive approach to violence reduction that complements DOJ’s Smart on Crime Initiative by leveraging the vast array of existing resources across the DOJ components to reduce violence in some of the country’s most violent cities.
NIJ commissioned the report released today by NAS, to help monitor our progress in addressing the challenges facing the forensic science community and NIJ’s role bolstering the forensic sciences research infrastructure that were outlined in the 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, and the 2010 report, Strengthening the National Institute of Justice. The report found that NIJ has made considerable progress, noting that “NIJ has a unique and critical role” among the diverse federal agencies working to positively impact the progress of forensic science because NIJ has a mission focus on forensic science research and development.
Recent advances in brain science confirm that the brain does not finish developing until a person is well into his or her 20s – much later than previously believed. As a result, young adults are more prone to risk-taking behavior and more susceptible to peer pressure than older adults. Learn more about the challenges justice-involved young adults face, as well as the significant opportunities that exist for reform.
10/06/15 Justice Department awards more than $29 million to forensic science research and development
The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that it has awarded more than $29 million in research and development funding to over 60 recipients who proposed work designed to strengthen forensic science and advance criminal justice policy and practice.
10/06/15 OJJDP releases best practices for forensic interviews of children in cases of alleged abuse
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices.
10/05/15 Justice Department announces $41 million for adult, family and juvenile drug courts
The Justice Department announced today that it was awarding grants of more than $41 million to increase the effectiveness of adult, family and juvenile drug courts across the country.
10/01/15 BJS awards more than $550k to graduate research fellows
Six doctoral students will share a total of $569,623 from the new Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The grants fund doctoral research that focuses on crime, violence and other criminal justice-related topics.
09/30/15 Report Released on Improving Forensics Sciences at the National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice is pleased to accept receipt of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Support for Forensic Science Research: Improving the Scientific Role of the National Institute of Justice.
09/30/15 National Institute of Justice advances cost-effective aviation technology for law enforcement
The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that it has awarded a grant of more than $900,000 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to identify and assess cost-effective aviation technology for law enforcement in remote areas in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service.
09/30/15 Justice Department examines suicide in nation’s criminal justice system
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced its latest efforts to raise public awareness and build knowledge about the issue of law enforcement officer suicide and inmate self-harm.
09/30/15 BJS awards more than $500k to graduate research fellows
Six doctoral students will share a total of $569,623 from the new Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.
09/28/15 U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services awards nearly $18 million to combat violence due to methamphetamine, heroin and gangs
Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates today announced nearly $18 million in COPS Office grant funding aimed at addressing and reducing violent crime through programs focused on methamphetamine use and production, the distribution of heroin and other opioids and gang activity.
09/28/15 Justice Department announces more than $2 million for smart policing initiative
Deputy Attorney General Sally W. Yates today announced that the Justice Department has awarded more than $2 million in funding for the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI).
09/28/15 Justice Department expands violence reduction network to five new sites
Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced that five new cities will join the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), a comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime in communities around the country.
09/27/15 17.6 Million U.S. Residents Experienced Identity Theft in 2014
An estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.
09/24/15 Justice department announces $17 million in awards to support sex offender registration, assessment, intervention
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced more than $17 million in Fiscal Year 2015 grant assistance for states, territories and tribal governments to use in implementing and enhancing sex offender programming throughout the United States.
09/24/15 11 percent of prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested in another state within 5 years
An estimated 11 percent of nearly 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested at least once in another state within five years of release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.
09/23/15 Justice department to hold violence reduction network summit opening ceremony and media engagement
The U.S. Department of Justice will kick off the Second Annual Violence Reduction Network (VRN) Summit on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015.
09/22/15 Justice department awards over $23 million in funding for body worn camera pilot program to support law enforcement agencies in 32 states
As part of President Obama’s commitment to building trust and transparency between law enforcement and the communities they serve, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced that the Justice Department has awarded grants totaling more than $23.2 million to 73 local and tribal agencies in 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras and explore their impact.
09/16/15 Justice department awards over $97 million to improve public safety and victim services for American Indians and Alaska Natives
The Department of Justice today announced 206 awards, totaling more than $97 million, to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designees.
09/16/15 Approximately 6 in 10 children witnessed or experienced violence, crime or abuse in 2011
Nearly 58 percent (57.7 percent) of children and adolescents were exposed to some type of violence at least once and more than 41 percent (41.2 percent) were victims of some type of assault in the past year—with approximately 1 in 10 physically injured as a result, according to a study released today by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
I oversee the $41 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative designed to help law enforcement address the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in their jurisdictions.