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  • 20 Years of AMBER Alert

    Since 1995, nearly 800 abducted children have been safely recovered and returned home.

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  • National Crime Victims' Rights
    Week (NCVRW) April 10-16

    During NCVRW, communities hold events to honor crime victims and promote awareness of victims' rights. Visit the NCVRW site to learn more and to get involved.    Learn More

  • Congressional Badge of Bravery

    Nomination Period Open December 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016

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  • DOJ Supports Tribes & Alaska Natives

    Comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety.

    Apply before Deadline: February 23, 2016

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Initiative Archives

01/29/16  NIJ Journal Issue no. 276 Examines Research Advancing Forensic Science

01/28/16  Allegations of sexual victimization at juvenile correctional facilities rose between 2011 and 2012

01/20/16  New science-based brochure provides practical guidance for notifying victims of sex assault after their kit is tested

01/20/16  BJS Releases Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report

01/05/16  OCR issues report, finds Alabama Agency failed to properly recruit, hire and retain female troopers

12/29/15  Bureau of Justice Statistics releases Correctional Populations in the United States, 2014

12/28/15  BJS releases two reports: Assessing the Coverage and Reliability of Subnational Geographic Identifiers in the NCVS Public-Use File and Evaluation of Direct Variance Estimation, Estimate Reliability, and Confidence Intervals for the National Crime Victimization Survey

12/21/15  Justice Department and The Council of State Government Justice Center host national conference on reducing recidivism among adults and youth

12/17/15  BJS releases Developmental Estimates of Subnational Crime Rates based on the National Crime Victimization Survey

12/15/15  Call for Nominations: 2015 Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

12/14/15  About a third of prison and jail inmates reported a disability in 2011–12

12/08/15  BJS releases Census of Jails: Population Changes, 1999-2013

12/07/15  Justice Department announces new accreditation policies to advance forensic science

12/07/15  Bureau of Justice Assistance highlights Arkansas’ efforts with the Justice Reinvestment Initiative

12/07/15  NIJ report outlines DNA and forensics investments in 2014

12/07/15  Fewer veterans in prison and jail in 2011-12 than 2004

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Robert L. Listenbee
Supporting Our Native American and Alaska Native Youth
Improving the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth across the country is a priority of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). I’m excited to announce that Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman has joined OJJDP as our new Senior Tribal Policy Advisor to advance our efforts for tribal youth and juvenile justice reform in tribal communities.

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Marilyn McCoy Roberts
Coping with the holidays as a crime survivor
The holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time spent with loved ones. But this time of year is not joyful for everyone. Trauma and anxiety can return for crime victims, especially at this time of year. For those who have recently experienced a tragedy or lost a family member or friend, the holiday cheer may seem too much to bear. Suggestions from the Coping with the Holidays resource include creating a special tribute, balancing solitude with sociability, reliving happy memories, finding a creative outlet, and protecting your health.

Friday, September 18, 2015
Expanding Access to Education in Our Prisons
Expanding Access to Education in Our Prisons
College education programs in prison are a cost-effective means of addressing recidivism. Such programs have been shown to measurably reduce the likelihood that people who have been incarcerated will return to prison and to increase their odds of obtaining and keeping employment after being released. As Attorney General Lynch has said, "for incarcerated individuals, education can provide an avenue to redemption and a chance to earn their way back into mainstream society".

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. BJA has built up a large and growing portfolio of grant efforts that rest on a solid foundation of knowledge, from our "Smart Suite," which pairs practitioners with researchers to address a host of justice system issues, to our Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which has helped states and local jurisdictions reduce incarceration rates, save money, and improve public safety.

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. These awards are presented each April in Washington, DC during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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. Birmingham is one of six pilot sites selected as part of the Department’s National Initiative on Building Community Trust and Justice to test trust-building strategies and determine what works to build enduring community ties. It was clear through the discussions that stakeholders across the city are working hard to change the dynamics of community policing. . . and they are succeeding.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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. The medal is to be awarded annually by the President or Vice President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.

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