Partnerships to Build
Justice in Our Communities

Created in 1984 by the Justice Assistance Act, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) works within its established partnership arrangements with federal, state, and local agencies and national and community-based organizations to develop, operate, and evaluate a wide range of criminal and juvenile justice programs. Dedicated to comprehensive approaches, OJP's mission is to provide federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims. The Agency strives to make the nation's criminal and juvenile justice systems more efficient and effective.

OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General who, by statute and delegation of authority from the Attorney General, guides, with the OJP Bureaus, the development of OJP policy and priorities (in concert with those established by the President and the Attorney General); promotes coordination among the five OJP Bureaus and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act Program Offices and the OJP Executive Office for Weed and Seed (described below); and provides agency-wide administrative and financial management support.

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