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New! Webinar for Prosecutors: Emerging Legal Issues with Technology
July 31, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

No registration fee to participate in this webinar on updates for prosecutors on the world of cybercrime and law enforcement efforts to subpoena and search for cell phone and computer evidence.


Pretrial Research Summaries:

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

BJA Funds Awarded to Implement or Enhance Community Courts

BJA has awarded $2 million to the Center for Court Innovation to fund 10 sites to implement or enhance a community court. Community courts respond to lower level crimes by ordering offenders to pay back the communities they’ve harmed through visible community service projects while also linking offenders to services designed to help them address the underlying issues fueling their criminal behavior.

Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program Funding Available

BJA is seeking applications through the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program assists federally recognized Indian tribes in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce and control crime associated with alcohol and other drug abuse; and in developing, implementing, and enhancing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal justice systems. Applications are due June 2, 2016.

Funding Available for National Training and Technical Assistance for Pretrial Release Decision-Making: Using Risk Assessment and Supervision to Enhance Public Safety Program

BJA is seeking applications through the National Training and Technical Assistance for Pretrial Release Decision-Making: Using Risk Assessment and Supervision to Enhance Public Safety Program. Through this program, the successful applicant will work with local, state, or tribal jurisdictions to implement the seven key elements of the Smart Pretrial model. Applications are due May 24, 2016.

Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement

BJA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking applications for funding to enhance drug court services, coordination, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services. Applications are due May 31, 2016.

Adult Drug Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiatives FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement

BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Adult Drug Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiatives. Applications are due May 31, 2016.

Funding Available for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program

BJA is seeking applications through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program. This program supports BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) by seeking a provider(s) to deliver resources and services to unfunded, but eligible JMHCP applicants. Applications are due May 19, 2016.

Digital Evidence
Dates: 5/11/2016 - 5/13/2016
Location: Sandy, UT

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
Dates: 5/11/2016 - 5/12/2016
Location: Reno, NV

Northwest Gang Investigators Association (NWGIA) Annual Training Conference
Dates: 5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
Location: Spokane, WA

Digital Evidence
Dates: 5/16/2016 - 5/18/2016
Location: Tampa, FL

Multi-Disciplinary Team Response to Child Sex Trafficking
Dates: 5/16/2016 - 5/19/2016
Location: Orange, CA

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

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.

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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.

National Summit on Wrongful Convictions: Building a Systemic Approach to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) gathered 75 subject matter experts to create a national strategy to prevent and reduce wrongful convictions.

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.

Solutions for Safer Communities: BJA FY 2012 Annual Report to Congress, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2014. This Annual Report describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources BJA provided to support jurisdictions in reducing and preventing crime and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.

Program Performance Report: John R. Justice Program, October 2010-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This report includes program performance information reported by recipients of the John R. Justice Program grants in FY 2010, FY 2011, and FY 2012.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.

Program Performance Report: Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP), January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report presents performance information reported by IPEP grant recipients for the January through June reporting periods.

Developing A Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, BJA-Sponsored, January 2013. This online curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or learn more about mental health courts.

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.

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