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Learn about BJA's indigent defense projects and programs.

Also see the Pretrial Research Summaries:

For statistical information, go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) web site.

Smart Pretrial Video and Q&A Session

To aid jurisdictions in applying for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative, BJA and the Pretrial Justice Institute, in partnership with the National Association of Counties, will provide a short informational video (available April 22, 2014) and two Q&A sessions (April 29 and May 6).

JAG State Solicitation Released

BJA has released the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2014 State Solicitation. Applications are due June 3, 2014.

Smart Pretrial Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative solicitation. Applications are due May 27, 2014.

Capital Case Litigation Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 National Training and Technical Assistance: Capital Case Litigation solicitation. Applications are due May 27, 2014.

BJA/SAMHSA Drug Court Solicitation Released

BJA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released the FY 2014 Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment solictation. Applications are due May 28, 2014.

Smart Prosecution TTA Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 National Training and Technical Assistance: Smart Prosecution Initiative solicitation. Applications are due May 8, 2014.

Indiana State Conference to End Sexual Violence
Dates: 4/24/2014 - 4/25/2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Justice Is More than Jail: Using the Civil Legal System to Help Meet Sexual Assault Victims' Most Urgent Needs (Webinar)
Dates: 4/24/2014 - 4/24/2014
Location: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET,

Clash of the Experts: Fractures and Head Trauma in Court (Webinar)
Dates: 4/24/2014 - 4/24/2014
Location: 1:00-3:00 p.m. CT,

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases
Dates: 4/27/2014 - 4/30/2014
Location: San Francisco, CA

Financial Investigative Practical Skills (FIPS)
Dates: 4/28/2014 - 5/2/2014
Location: Dunbar, WV

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Indigent Defense for Homicide Cases (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Indigent defense involves the constitutionally mandated free representation of individuals accused of crimes who are unable to afford private representation. Since 1993, every fifth murder case is sequentially assigned at the preliminary arraignment to be represented by attorneys from the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Maine Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts
Court supervised, post-plea (but pre-final disposition) drug diversion programs that provide comprehensive community-based treatment services to juvenile offenders and their families.

Minneapolis Center for Victim-Offender Mediation
A restorative justice program that provides juvenile offenders and their victims the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the presence of a mediator to discuss the offense and establish a plan for the future.

Adolescent Diversion Project (Michigan State University)
A strengths-based, university-led program that diverts arrested youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system and provides them with community-based services.

Independence Youth Court
A diversion program for young offenders. The primary goal of the program is to reduce the occurrence of juvenile crime by diverting youth from the traditional juvenile justice system and providing an alternative to formal processing.

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Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components, (NCJ 205621), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2004. This report presents 10 key components that describe the basic elements that characterize effective drug courts.

Fair, Timely, Economical Justice: Achieving Justice Through Effective Caseflow Management, (NCJ 229252), Bureau of Justice Assistance, December 2009. This document invites judges to examine effective caseflow management's benefits and contains six key concepts integral to effective caseflow management.

Mental Health Courts: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 228274), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2009. This guide helps policy makers and practitioners understand available research to better design, implement, and evaluate mental health courts.

Improving Witness Safety and Preventing Witness Intimidation in the Justice System: Benchmarks for Progress, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This resource includes tools that are intended to provide criminal justice leaders with concrete guidance to implement best practices in providing for victim and witness safety.

Witness Intimidation: Meeting the Challenge, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This monograph is intended to help allied professionals understand the issues presented by witness intimidation and to guide them in best practices to prevent its occurrence and to respond effectively when it does occur.

Justice Reinvestment: A Toolkit for Local Leaders, This toolkit is designed to present an overview of the justice reinvestment process to local leaders who have both an understanding of the different agencies in the criminal justice system and some executive authority over the programmatic, policy, and/or fiscal operations of at least one local criminal justice agency.

Criminal Justice Planner's Toolkit for Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level, This toolkit is designed to provide planners of a local justice reinvestment initiative with the technical information to identify drivers of local criminal justice system costs and to design strategies addressing those drivers.

Case for Court Governance Principles, (NCJ 238291) BJA-Sponsored, 2012. During the 1970s and 1980s, the structure of state courts changed from being essentially locally organized to being more centralized at the state level. The change, however, was incomplete. In this report, Utah Chief Justice Christine Durham and Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker describe the limits to what structural changes like centralization can accomplish. Recognizing that court culture inherently stresses independence and self-interest, the authors propose eleven unifying principles to guide states as they seek to improve court performance.

Herding Lions: Shared Leadership of State Trial Courts, (NCJ 238292) BJA-Sponsored, 2012. State court reformers in most states achieved greater standardization and centralization of court governance but in the process left behind significant tensions between local courts and the state-wide court administration. In Herding Lions, retired Arizona Judge Barbara Mundell and Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson put forward an approach based on recognition of the collective responsibility of all courts within a state for the quality of justice administered. They urge that leadership be shared across the different levels of court structure and that local innovation be encouraged and, where effective, replicated statewide.

Improving Criminal Justice System Planning and Operations: Challenges for Local Governments and Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, (NCJ 238997), BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This paper highlights the potential benefits of effectively functioning criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) and draws on discussions with leaders of a dozen CJCCs in outlining key challenges that local governments and their CJCCs face.

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