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About the Bureau of Justice Assistance

NEW! State and Territory Fact Sheets
BJA is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for the field—the BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. The fact sheets provide a snapshot of state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and related criminal justice information. BJA hopes these fact sheets will be useful to criminal justice agencies, as they can easily obtain and reference criminal justice data from state to state for a variety of purposes. BJA plans to update the fact sheets semiannually and anticipates future enhancements to this resource.

Introducing BJA's Strategic Plan
BJA has released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2013-2016. The plan is based on one overarching guiding principle: Reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement, and promote a safe and fair criminal justice system. Recognizing the need to be innovative, yet evidence-based and results-driven, BJA will focus on major strategic areas during this 5-year period. To learn more about the specific goals and strategies that will guide the efforts of the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the future, read BJA's Strategic Plan.

Meet BJA's Director, Denise E. O'Donnell

Read the About BJA fact sheet

BJA Resources for State and Local Policymakers

BJA is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, which also includes the Bureau of Justice StatisticsNational Institute of JusticeOffice of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionOffice for Victims of Crime, and Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.

BJA Mission

BJA's mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. Driving BJA's work in the field are the following principles:

  • Emphasize local control.
  • Build relationships in the field.
  • Provide training and technical assistance in support of efforts to prevent crime, drug abuse, and violence at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships.
  • Promote capacity building through planning.
  • Streamline the administration of grants.
  • Increase training and technical assistance.
  • Create accountability of projects.
  • Encourage innovation.
  • Communicate the value of justice efforts to decision makers at every level.

BJA has four primary components: Policy, Programs, Planning, and the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Office. The Policy Office provides national leadership in criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance to further the administration of justice. It also acts as a liaison to national organizations that partner with BJA to set policy and help disseminate information on best and promising practices. The Programs Office coordinates and administers all state and local grant programs and acts as BJA's direct line of communication to states, territories, and tribal governments by providing assistance and coordinating resources. The Planning Office coordinates the planning, communications, and budget formulation and execution; provides overall BJA-wide coordination; and supports streamlining efforts.

BJA Programs

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