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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Eileen M. Garry
Keeping Our Children Safe Online
National Cyber Security Awareness Month presents an opportunity to educate children on how to act responsibly and protect themselves while online. Through online resources, research, grant funding and additional training programs, OJJDP supports law enforcement and parents as they seek to keep children safe online.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps Solve Crimes
OJP funding helps jurisdictions unravel the complicated causes of unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Fighting the Battle Against Human Trafficking
OJP and the Department of Justice, working with our state, local and tribal partners, are committed to ending this brutal practice.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Giving Victims of Sexual Assault the Care They Need
Sexual assault patients require compassionate, victim-centered care to help them through the trauma. OJP is funding telemedicine grants to see that they get it, no matter where they live.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Opioid Crisis
OJP Funds Opiate Intervention Court
Fighting our nation’s epidemic of drug abuse is a DOJ priority. It requires innovation, such as the opiate intervention court recently launched in Buffalo, New York.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
SMART Office National Symposium on Sex offender Management and Accountability
What Do We Know About Sex Offenders?
Recognizing the ever-growing body of research on sex offenders and sexual offending, the Department of Justice's Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) Office developed the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI).

Friday, July 14, 2017
Andrea Kuiper
New OJP Partnership Identifies 190 Missing Persons ‒ and Counting
After 27 years, an accident victim was finally identified through a new partnership between the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice and the FBI Laboratory.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Campus Sexual Assault
Sex Offender Management and Prevention Vital to Campus Safety
As many recent high school graduates begin preparing to leave for college, they and their parents are likely thinking about on-campus safety. The Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative, managed by the SMART Office, summarizes what we know about those who commit sexual offenses and evaluates ways to prevent future offenses. These initiatives augment other federal prevention efforts.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Tribal Access Program (TAP)
How Tribes can "TAP" into Information Databases
The Attorney General recently highlighted the Tribal Access Program (TAP) as one of the cornerstones of public safety in Indian country. TAP consists of three primary elements: access, technology and training. Tribes have successfully begun entering information directly into the federal databases. The Tribal Access Program has been instrumental in advancing public safety for the 33 tribes participating in the program. An overview of the program, specific accomplishments and success stories are included in this blog.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
Attorney General Announces New Partnership in Fight Against Violent Crime
The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) provides a framework for enhancing federal support of law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals—specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wall of Fallen Officers
Supporting Law Enforcement through Tools, Technology, Relationships
The Office of Justice Programs is dedicated to supporting the men and women who guard our public safety. We protect officer safety by providing grants for body armor and other protective devices. We also provide tools and technology to help police departments fight crime, aid victims and protect entire communities from the effects of violent crime.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Alan R. Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General
Police Week 2017: OJP's Commitment to Officer Safety
During Police Week 2017 the Department of Justice and the Office of Justice Programs is working to protect America's law enforcement officers through programs designed to get police officers into safe and effective bullet-resistant armor. In the past 30 years, body armor has saved more than 3,000 police lives. OJP will continue to focus on improving officer safety.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Alan R. Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General
2017 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: OJP Works to Serve Victims of Sexual Assault
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Sexual violence exacts a heavy toll, yet some survivors use their experience to bring hope and healing to others. Honoring the contributions of outstanding victim advocates helps to focus national attention on the issues facing sexual assault survivors. Providing services to and justice for sexual assault victims is a vital part of our mission at the Office of Justice Programs.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Eileen M. Garry, Acting Administrator, OJJDP
"Changing Minds" about Children's Exposure to Violence
Exposure to violence can limit children’s potential and increase their likelihood of becoming involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. The Changing Minds campaign not only identifies solutions to help children heal, it also educates the public about the problem of children’s exposure to violence. Learn more about how we work to support children exposed to violence and what you can do to help.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Panel discussion, Sept. 8, 2015
Rethinking Our Approach to Young Adults
In September 2015 OJP hosted a panel discussion with leading experts about developmentally-appropriate responses to justice-involved young adults. OJP has taken the next giant step toward bringing evidence-informed and developmentally-appropriate responses to young adults. State, local and tribal communities that want to harness the latest data and research can receive training and technical assistance from OJP’s Diagnostic Center.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Chris Tillery, Director, Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice
Determining the Ability of Computer Algorithms to Forecast Crime
The National Institute of Justice is holding a Real-Time Forecasting Challenge to examine how efficiently and effectively algorithms can forecast crime based on five years of calls-for-service data. NIJ hopes to harness the rapid advances in data science seen in other fields to advance forecasting algorithms to help improve policing practices. All submissions are due by midnight Eastern Time, February 28, 2017.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason
The Road to Justice Reform
Discussion reflects on the distance we have covered and the distance yet to go in our march toward a more fair and effective justice system. Partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders and national organizations to reduce the footprint of the criminal and juvenile justice systems are driving progress.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason
The Pitfalls of Youth Incarceration
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason discusses the drawbacks of incarcerating youth, highlighted in a recent paper commissioned by the Harvard Executive Session on Community Policing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
DOJ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Highlights of the DOJ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Activities and accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) include expanding the range of grantees and partners working in community-based reentry programs, preventing youth violence, promoting responsible fatherhood, and devoting its efforts to building trust within our nation's communities.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Changing Minds Campaign Poster
Helping Kids Overcome Trauma
Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason joined Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., and Joe Torre, Founder and Chair of the Safe at Home Foundation, for a conversation about the Changing Minds national public awareness campaign.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General
HUD Issues Fair Housing Act Guidance To Help Domestic Violence Victims
Cities, counties, law enforcement agencies, housing providers and other stakeholders should review the HUD guidance and make sure their nuisance abatement ordinances, crime-free housing ordinances and crime-free housing programs are fair and do not discriminate. Domestic violence victims are already forced to make too many impossible choices. They should not have to choose between homelessness and their own safety.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
10th Anniversary of the Adam Walsh Act
SMART Office Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of the Adam Walsh Act
It’s been a decade since the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Professionals from around the country met at the 2016 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability to exchange ideas, learn about new tools and projects, and network with others in the field. The Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI) was highlighted in detail. This event was a fitting way to cap the 10th anniversary of the Adam Walsh Act.

Thursday June 30, 2016
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Supporting LGBTQI-GNC Youth within the Juvenile Justice System
As Pride Month comes to a close, here at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) we applaud those who have worked so passionately to advance the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersexual, or Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTQI-GNC) community. We look forward to working with our federal, state, and local partners to support initiatives to ensure the safety of these and all youth in the juvenile justice system.

Friday, April 29, 2016
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National Reentry Week—Bridging Opportunity Gaps for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
Throughout National Reentry Week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and our federal partners are highlighting efforts and alliances underway that engage sectors other than criminal justice to support the successful reentry of people who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Promoting Healing and Well-Being for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Today, we are excited to share that the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations, Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol). This much awaited protocol not only provides specific guidance on forensic medical examinations, it clearly identifies the need for a coordinated community response to child sexual abuse...

Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Studies Investigate Prevalence of Campus Sexual Assault
Colleges and universities across the U.S. are taking action to address campus sexual assault. Research on the prevalence of and response to sexual assault on campuses provides critical information campuses need to develop effective prevention and intervention programs and to determine where they can best place funding and resources to effectively respond to sexual assault and promote the safety of their students.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
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Remarks made at Bennett College Charter Day
I'm humbled to be here today, at my mother's alma mater, a place she always spoke of with such reverence and pride. Hearing from her the history of this institution, about the role it has played in changing the conscience of our nation, and to be standing here in this storied chapel, in the very room where Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. King spoke before me – I can only say, I am awed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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Recognizing a Decade of Progress at SMART
For the past 10 years, the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) has been at the forefront of implementing effective practices to register and manage sex offenders. Since our inception, we’ve helped 17 states, 99 tribes, and three territories to substantially implement SORNA’s requirements. One of our most significant accomplishments over the past 10 years is commissioning the development of the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI).

Monday, February 29, 2016
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The Many Victims of Wrongful Convictions
Last week, I had the privilege of hearing from seven remarkable individuals about their experiences as victims of wrongful convictions. For both original victims and exonerees, wrongful convictions represent an unspeakable miscarriage of justice, one for which few remedial services are available. We have a responsibility to prevent these tragic failures and address the collateral harm associated with them. Hearing from those who are most directly affected is vital if we hope to prevent other innocent people from suffering the same injustice, indignity, and pain.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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.

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. 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.

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. More than half of these deaths involve opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers. The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit and website, a one-stop clearinghouse of resources on naloxone, is now available to support law enforcement officers and first responders in the field.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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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
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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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