Office of Justice Programs Solutions for Safer Communities - BJA - FY 2013 - Annual Report to Congress

FY 2013 At-A-Glance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) strengthens the nation's criminal justice system and helps America's local, state, and tribal governments reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. In fiscal year (FY) 2013, BJA focused its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide.

BJA delivers resources to state, local, and tribal communities and justice agencies with an emphasis on partnerships and promoting data-driven and evidence-based practices and policies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the justice system. At the same time, BJA encourages innovation and testing of new strategies to meet the unique needs of the communities it serves. BJA also performs a unique role as a "convener," bringing together subject matter experts, practitioners, and stakeholders to better inform criminal justice policy on emerging public safety issues.

The programs and initiatives described within this report reflect the dedication, commitment, and successes of a nation of justice partners who believe that more can always be done to help reduce and prevent crime and enhance the criminal justice system. They also reflect the major strategic focus areas identified in BJA's Strategic Plan for FYs 2013–2016:

  1. Reduction of violent crime, improvement of community safety, and support for public safety officers.
  2. Reduction of recidivism and prevention of unnecessary confinement.
  3. Integration of evidence-based, research-driven strategies into the day-to-day operations of BJA and the programs BJA administers and supports.
  4. Increase in program effectiveness with a renewed emphasis on data analysis, information sharing, and performance management.
  5. The charts below illustrate BJA's FY 2013 appropriation and how funding was distributed by program area. A complete listing of FY 2013 grant awards can be found online at

    FY 2013 Appropriations for BJA-Administered Programs

    FY 2013 Funding by BJA Program Areas