Highlights of OJP's 2007 Activities
In 2007, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) supported a number of efforts that are helping to improve public safety in communities throughout the nation. For example, OJP played a central role in the Justice Department's Violent Crime Reduction Partnership. Under this initiative, our Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded $75 million to support state and local violent crime task forces as they work to fight violent crime in America's cities. In addition, as part the initiative, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) leadership and staff traveled the country with other Department officials to gain an understanding of the nature and incidence of crime and violence.
We also continued to provide assistance to those who are most directly affected by crime. This year, our Office for Victims of Crime awarded more than $535 million to states to support local victim services and state-administered victim compensation programs. BJA awarded an additional $11 million to develop and enhance statewide automated victim notification programs. And this month, BJS will release the results of the most recent National Crime Victimization Survey.
Our National Institute of Justice (NIJ) continued to lead the way in criminal justice research, development, and technology. In September, NIJ launched the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), which will assist investigators in solving missing persons cases and help medical examiners and coroners identify human remains. Our Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded more than $381 million to help at-risk youth, improve the juvenile justice system, and protect children. These funds also support the Department's efforts under Project Safe Childhood, particularly through OJJDP's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program.
Through our Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO), we expanded our successful Weed and Seed initiative by supporting 169 existing Weed and Seed sites and adding 38 new communities to the program. Our newest office, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office) has been providing training and technical assistance to states and communities on managing sex offenders and is finalizing national guidelines on sex offender registration and notification.
Finally, we continue to provide critical support to American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in their efforts to fight crime and delinquency. OJP awarded more than $82 million in grants and other assistance to tribes and instituted a series of consultations and training and technical assistance sessions tailored to Indian country.
The range and wealth of resources distributed by OJP in 2007 reflect our commitment to helping communities fight crime and keep citizens safe. That commitment will continue into 2008 and beyond. On behalf of the dedicated and hard-working employees of OJP, thank you for sharing that commitment, and may you have the happiest of holidays!