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January 2014   
In the Spotlight
pillar Three BCJI Sites Selected as “Promise Zones”
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President Obama announcing the Promise Zones

On January 9, 2014, President Obama announced the first five “Promise Zones”: San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President’s plan to create a better bargain for the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety. The Promise Zones designation commits the federal government to partner with local leaders who are addressing multiple community revitalization challenges with on-the-ground technical assistance to help navigate federal programs and regulations. This intensive engagement will help communities make the most of funding already available. Three of these sites—San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles—are BJA Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) sites. BJA will support these three Promise Zones sites through BCJI efforts that are already underway working to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization.

Read the White House blog, White House Fact Sheet, talking points, and FAQs. For more information about BCJI, visit the BJA BCJI web site page.

News You Can Use

BJA NTTAC Offers New TTA Resources for Crime Prevention Strategies
Is your agency looking for new strategies to prevent crime, or are you aware of a jurisdiction that could benefit from new crime prevention strategies? BJA will offer new training and technical assistance (TTA) resources to support communities through the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) TTA Program. CPTED is a problem-solving approach that considers a broad array of factors, not just crime, and requires a systematic analysis of crime events and the conditions and factors that contribute to opportunities for crime. Visit the NTTAC web site to learn more about CPTED resources.

Apply to Become a Community Court Mentor Site
The Center for Court Innovation and BJA announced a new solicitation for Community Court Mentor Sites. These sites will serve as national resources for the field and provide advice to practitioners around the country seeking either to launch their own community court projects or to replicate practices honed in community courts, such as new assessment tools, enhanced monitoring of court orders, information technology, procedural justice efforts, and expanded sentencing options. The closing date for applications is March 12, 2014

Upcoming Events in the NCJA/BJA Webinar Series
In February, BJA and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will be hosting two webinars: “Beginning the Conversation: The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and Your Justice Agency” on February 19, and “Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment and Abstinence Reinforcement” on February 25.

Grants and Funding

Open Solicitations
PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities
Closes March 6, 2014

Intellectual Property Enforcement Program: Protecting Public Health, Safety, and the Economy from Counterfeit Goods and Product Piracy
Closes March 13, 2014

National Initiatives: Law Enforcement and Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
Closes March 17, 2014

National Training and Technical Assistance: Intellectual Property Enforcement Program
Closes March 17, 2014

Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles
Closes March 17, 2014

Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program
Closes March 18, 2014

Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Closes March 18, 2014

FY 2014 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
Closes March 24, 2014

OJP Releases API of Grant Award Data
In keeping with President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to 20 years of OJP Grant Awards Data (1993–2013) in open, machine-readable formats, including current-year grant awards data that is updated daily. The API can be accessed at

In Focus This Month
Justice Assistance Grant logoBJA is pleased to announce the newly released Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program report focusing on law enforcement accountability measures. This report highlights some of the activity that was conducted using JAG funds and is intended to provide insight into how some of the JAG funds are used by our state and local partners. The report is available at Importantly, this publication is the latest in a series of reports using the JAG accountability measures to showcase the work of our grantees. As a reminder, the accountability measures are not designed to drive how grantees use funding, but rather are designed to capture activity in key areas to provide greater transparency and awareness of the breadth of activities funded by the JAG Program and the importance of JAG funding to the criminal justice community. Due to the nature of the JAG Program, the accountability measures are unable to capture all activity, but rather are designed to capture information in key areas. Finally, for those interested in how JAG funding is determined, see the JAG Technical Report produced by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, available at For any comments or questions on the JAG Program accountability measures, contact Jim Simonson at or 202–353–9313.
Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program
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Enacted in 1976, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death, disability, and education benefits to those eligible for the program. For details regarding these federal benefits for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders killed or catastrophically disabled in the line of duty, call the PSOB Office toll-free at 888–744–6513 or 202–307–0635, or visit the PSOB web site.

Did You Know?
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
President Obama proclaimed January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Victims of this rapidly growing crime—29.8 million victims today—are not limited by gender, age, country of origin, or the type of exploitation they are subjected to.

BJA, in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is actively engaged in supporting training and other initiatives that will improve the ability of anti-human trafficking task forces to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases, while ensuring that victims receive the restorative assistance and support they need. Additional information is available on the BJA Human Trafficking web page.

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Featured Program
BJA NTTAC Supports Blue Courage Training in Arizona
Blue Courage is a transformational process that focuses on the human development of law enforcement professionals. Funded by BJA, Blue Courage offers a 2-day leadership development workshop designed for all levels of an organization. In addition to Blue Courage being a standalone course, BJA provided funding to the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) to infuse Blue Courage into existing police academy curricula, which was first piloted in Arizona.

To support this effort in Arizona, the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), in partnership with the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, provided Blue Courage training courses in jurisdictions across the state. Learn more about NTTAC’s Blue Courage training in Arizona.

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