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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.

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.

Defense Attorney Guide to Adult Pretrial released in Colorado

With grant support from BJA and in partnership with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, BJA is proud to announce that the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has published the Colorado Bail Book: A Defense Attorney's Guide to Adult Pretrial Release and made it available to Colorado defenders at their annual conference, training over 600 defense attorneys.

New! Revised JAG Performance Measures Released!

Learn about the new JAG Performance Measures, which apply to FY 2015 grantees and beyond. They are more user friendly, easier to complete, and encourage success through evidence-based practices that benefit the full spectrum of criminal justice agencies and organizations. 

Four sites selected to receive procedural justice site assessments

BJA and the Center for Court Innovation announced today four criminal courts—the Essex County Superior Court (Salem, MA), 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County, PA), Multnomah County Circuit Court (OR), and the Utah state court system—who’ve demonstrated a clear commitment from court leadership to improve litigant perceptions of fairness and establish court practices that align with this goal. The sites will receive technical assistance to document promising practices for the field, as well as highlight areas for improvement. For more information about BJA’s and the Center’s work on procedural justice, please visit

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.

Orientation for New Pretrial Executives
Dates: 2/8/2016 - 2/11/2016
Location: Aurora, CO

Advanced Cold Case Long Term Missing Investigations
Dates: 2/9/2016 - 2/10/2016
Location: Bossier City, LA

Advanced Strangulation Course
Dates: 2/9/2016 - 2/12/2016
Location: San Diego, CA

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Application: Checklist Review and Q&A (Webinar)
Dates: 2/10/2016 - 2/10/2016
Location: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET,

Understanding Justice-Involved Veterans (Webinar)
Dates: 2/11/2016 - 2/11/2016
Location: 1:00-2:30 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.

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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