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

BJA Fellow Selected for DC Conviction Integrity Unit

On January 12, 2015, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. (District of Columbia) announced the selection of two independent consultants who will provide guidance and outside expertise to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. The consultants are Jeffrey D. Robinson, Senior Counsel at Lewis Baach, and Kristine Hamann, a Visiting Fellow at BJA, who specializes in developing "Best Practices" programs for prosecutor's offices.



OJP Releases FY 2015 Program Plan

The Office of Justice Programs has released the FY 2015 Program Plan, in a new, easy-to-use format to help you find the appropriate funding sources for your initiatives. The criminal and juvenile justice fields have made significant progress over the last 3 years in instituting smart-on-crime practices and in applying science to crime-fighting. This year’s Plan preserves OJP’s overall programmatic priorities: supporting our state and local partners in fighting violent crime; promoting research and evidence-based approaches; expanding reentry; strengthening victim services; and supporting tribes.



2015 Drug Court Training

The National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) has announced the open registration for the 2015 Adult, Veterans, and Tribal Drug Court Planning training. The open enrollment is now available and training will be made available on a first come-first serve basis for 10 Adult teams, 5 Tribal teams, and 30 Veteran teams. Visit NDCI.org/training for more information.



BJS JAG Report Released

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released "Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2014," which describes steps used in the JAG formula calculation process to determine award amounts for states, local governments, and territories. The report presents summary results of the FY 2014 allocation amounts.



Updated State and Territory Fact Sheets

BJA is excited to release the recently updated BJA State and Territory Fact Sheets. The enhanced web site features updated state and territory statistics related to BJA investments, Byrne JAG Program highlights, crime trends, and other criminal justice information. In addition to the web site, each state has an easily accessible PDF version of the fact sheet and detailed funding information that can be used for distribution. BJA hopes these fact sheets will continue to be useful to criminal justice agencies, as they can easily obtain and reference criminal justice data across the nation for a variety of purposes.



Read an Overview of the TCCLA Program

BJA and the National American Indian Court Judges Association have just released "An Overview of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Program and Resources."



2015 Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute
Dates: 7/6/2015 - 7/24/2015
Location: Columbus, OH

National Native Media Conference
Dates: 7/9/2015 - 7/12/2015
Location: Arlington, VA

Symposium on Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement
Dates: 7/13/2015 - 7/15/2015
Location: Clearwater Beach, FL

National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Summit on Prosecution Integrity
Dates: 7/19/2015 - 7/21/2015
Location: Chicago, IL

Legal Challenges to Medical Testimony: Hearsay, Daubert and Other Critical Pretrial Motions (Webinar)
Dates: 7/20/2015 - 7/20/2015
Location: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET,

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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