U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
  • Strengthening Forensic Science at Its Foundations to Improve Public Safety

    From the NIJ Director: Dr. Nancy Rodriguez highlights NIJ's investment in forensic science research and how it is improving our criminal justice system.

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  • OJP Developer Resources

    To improve access to data and to encourage innovation, OJP is providing Application Programming Interface (API) access to some of OJP's most sought after data sets.

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  • National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

    Find out more about the clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program.

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Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras

Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras

The OJP Diagnostic Center has released findings from a literature review of the current evidence on the challenges and benefits of body-worn video camera technology for law enforcement. more

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Sexual Assault on Campuses

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released a new blog on how 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. more

New resource for law enforcement and corrections officers

Policearmor.org

New resource for law enforcement and corrections officers when seeking information on high-quality, life-saving equipment. more

Michael Planty discusses domestic violence on C-Span

Domestic Violence

BJS presents domestic violence on C-SPAN. See show slides and keys to the slides. Full reports on domestic violence on bjs.gov. Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003–2012; Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993–2011; and Intimate Partner Violence, 1993–2010. View video at C-SPAN more

WHAT’S NEW

08/27/15 Violent crime rate remained unchanged while property crime rate declined in 2014
The violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared to 2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.   

08/05/15 Study finds severe punishment does not reduce offending among high-risk adolescents
Severe punishment—such as correctional placement or a longer stay in correctional placement—does not meaningfully reduce offending or arrests among high-risk adolescents, according to a study released today by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.   

08/04/15 Deaths in local jails and state prisons increased for the third consecutive year
For the third consecutive year the number of inmates who died in state prisons and local jails increased, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.   

07/16/15 Justice department welcomes new science advisory board sub-committee chairs
The Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today spoke with new subcommittee chairs of the agency’s Science Advisory Board to congratulate them on their leadership integrating science into the organization’s everyday decision making   

07/14/15 BJS releases tribal crime data collection activities, 2015
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2015, which describes BJS’s activities to collect and improve data on crime and justice in Indian country, as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act, 2010.   

07/07/15 An estimated 32 percent of local police departments were using body-worn cameras in 2013
An estimated 32 percent of local police departments provided at least some officers with body-worn cameras and 6 percent provided at least some officers with weapon-attached cameras in 2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.   

06/24/15 BJS releases PREA data collection activities, 2015
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released PREA Data Collection Activities, 2015, which describes BJS’s activities to collect data and report on the incidence and effects of sexual victimization in correctional facilities, as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) (P.L. 108-79).   

06/22/15 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces Arrest More Than 1,000 Child Predators in Operation Broken Heart
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces arrested 1,140 child predators from 41 states during a two-month, nationwide operation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced today.   

06/11/15 Department of Justice announces 50 states and territories have committed to ending prison rape
In the second year of the implementation of the standards set forth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), 50 jurisdictions submitted statements of compliance or assurances that they commit to spend 5 percent of certain Department of Justice grant funds to come into compliance.   

06/11/15 The nation’s jails held fewer inmates at midyear 2014 compared to their peak count in 2008
County and city jails held an estimated 744,600 inmates at midyear 2014, which was significantly lower than the peak population of 785,500 inmates at midyear 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. Since 2000, the jail inmate population increased by 20 percent (up 123,400 inmates).   

06/02/15 National Institute of Justice Releases Process Evaluation of Defending Childhood Program Sites
The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice, today released a process evaluation of the scientific research agency of the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), six sites participating in the United States Department of Justice's Defending Childhood Demonstration Program, a national initiative aimed at addressing and raising awareness about the negative impact of children's exposure to violence.   

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