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OJP Blog Archive - 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

58% of victims of violent crime do not report the offenses to police

Fewer than Half of Victims Report Violent Crimes

2016 data from the Office of Justice Programs National Crime Victimization Survey find that some 58% of victims of violent crime do not report the offenses to police. The reluctance to report can have troubling impacts.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Youth Programs at a glance pie chart

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide Now Has 300 Youth Programs

The Model Programs Guide is a central, credible resource that helps practitioners and policymakers understand what works in juvenile justice programs and practices.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

spilled bottle of Fentanyl pills

'Backing the Blue' in the Opioid Epidemic

The Office of Justice Programs wants to keep first responders safe amid the risks of contact with Fentanyl. We've helped develop medically sound recommendations to do just that.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Alan R. Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General

Promoting Justice for All

The Office of Justice Programs supports Right to Counsel through state and local training/technical assistance grants. OJP, primarily through our Bureau of Justice Assistance, is playing an important role in ensuring that the Sixth Amendment is honored both in spirit and in practice.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Eileen M. Garry, OJJDP

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Clinician conducting a telemedicine forensic exam

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.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Opioid pills partially poured from prescription bottle

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.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dawn Doran, SMART Office

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).

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Andrea Kuiper - identified after missing for 27 years

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.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

students at college campus

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

wall with names 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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Eileen M. Garry, OJJDP Acting Administrator

"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.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

panel discussion on justice-involved young adults

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.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Chris Tillery, 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.

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