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09/03/15 BJS releases criminal appeals in state courts
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Criminal Appeals in State Courts, which describes the characteristics of criminal appeals resolved in state appellate courts in 2010.

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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OJP BLOG
Thursday, July 30, 2015
New JAG Accountability Measures: Encouraging Success
New JAG Accountability Measures: Encouraging Success
If the phrases “evidence-based” and “data-driven” seem to pop up a lot when you read Bureau of Justice Assistance solicitations, you’ve clearly been paying attention to a marked shift in emphasis in the design of our funding programs.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Recognizing Impact on Victims' Services: Nominations Open for the 2016 National Crime Victims' Service Awards
Recognizing Impact on Victims' Services: Nominations Open for the 2016 National Crime Victims' Service Awards
For more than 30 years, OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has recognized extraordinary individuals and organizations through the National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Building Trust in Birmingham
Building Trust in Birmingham
Conversations about citizen interactions with police often begin with stories of encounters gone wrong and end in blame and recrimination, so it is refreshing – and heartening – to be part of a discussion that yields a positive take-away.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR
Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor: Honoring Members Of The Public Safety Community
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, is proud to stand with the White House to honor public safety officers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Improving Student Safety on College Campuses
Student safety is a growing concern across the nation following news reports of sexual assaults on college campuses. In collaboration with the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has been actively assisting the campus public safety community with the proper handling of reports of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Monday, April 27, 2015
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Office of Justice Programs Welcomes Attorney General Loretta Lynch
During her testimony before the Senate in January, Loretta Lynch listed her top three priorities should she be confirmed as Attorney General: “to ensure the safety of our citizens, to protect the most vulnerable among us from crime and abuse, and to strengthen the vital relationships between America’s brave law enforcement officers and the communities they are entrusted to serve.”

Monday, April 13, 2015
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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
Results from untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) represent crucial evidence that could be used to solve cases and help prevent recidivism, including the commission of additional crimes, and victimization.
Monday, April 6, 2015
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Research About Sexual Assault on Campuses: What NIJ Is Doing
Read how NIJ is studying campus practices and policies for investigating and adjudicating sexual assault cases.
Monday, October 27, 2014
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Countering Opioid Overdoses
Every day, over 100 Americans die from drug overdoses, outnumbering deaths from gunshot wounds or motor vehicle crashes.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools
We'd all agree that acting out in school is both disrespectful and disruptive, but should a minor infraction like tardiness or a dress code violation earn a student suspension or expulsion? For some kids, that's exactly what happens, thanks to zero-tolerance disciplinary policies in place in school districts across the country. What's even more troubling, too often these removals from school begin a road to academic failure and even later involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Learning from Error in the Criminal Justice System
I am pleased to announce the release of a new publication from OJP’s National Institute of Justice, Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews, a report that breaks new ground on ways to strengthen the criminal justice system and avoid costly errors.

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OJP delivers unique value to state, local, and tribal justice systems through knowledge sharing, technical assistance, and grants administration. See the OJP Brochure to learn more.

Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013: Report to Congress

National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape

2015 OJP Program Plan

2014 Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide

2012 OJP Annual Report

2011 OJP Annual Report: Driving the Future (PDF, ePUB, .mobi)

Strategic Plan

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EVENTS

Attorney General Holder hosts the Annual Awards Ceremony

Attorney General Holder Recognizes Office for Victims of Crime Employees

Attorney General Holder Recognizes Office of Justice Programs Employee Theron Pride

2015 OJP Financial Management Training Seminars

All of the Financial Management Training Seminars will be held at the Office of Justice Programs in Washington, DC. Learn more about OJP's 2015 Financial Management Training Seminars by visiting the Financial Management Training Seminars site.

Upcoming Events

To locate information about additional events, or to conduct a search for conferences, trainings, and webinars, visit the Justice Events section of OJP’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) site.

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