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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. 

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.

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.

OJP Releases API of Grant Award Data

In keeping with President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Justice Department’s 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.

Press Release: Guidance for Planning Large-Scale Events Released

OJP/BJA released guidance for law enforcement and local governments for planning and managing large-scale events. The guidance includes three documents synthesizing best practices relating to security planning. They are the result of an analysis of information provided from the Tampa, Florida, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police departments as they planned and executed operations for the 2012 Presidential Nominating Conventions.

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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.

Milwaukee (Wis.) Homicide Review Commission (MHRC)
A program that provides a unique forum for addressing violence in Milwaukee, Wis., by engaging law enforcement and other stakeholders in the community to assess and evaluate the cause of homicides in efforts to prevent future incidents.

InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota)
A voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to prepare inmates for reintegration into the community, employment, family, and other significant relationships through educational, values-based programming.

Too Good for Drugs—Middle School
A school-based drug prevention program designed to reduce students’ intention to use alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, while promoting prosocial attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

Teenage Health Teaching Modules
A comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. By addressing various health issues, the curriculum aims to positively affect student health knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviors.

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Engaging the Private Sector To Promote Homeland Security: Law Enforcement-Private Security Partnerships, (NCJ 210678), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Andrew Morabito and Sheldon Greenberg, September 2005. Describes the advantages of law enforcement-private security partnerships in helping to prevent terrorism and terror-related acts and protect the nation’s infrastructure. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, reviews the background of law-enforcement-private security partnerships, discusses why these partnerships are important to homeland security, provides nine guidelines for collaboration, and profiles a number of local and regional programs and initiatives, state, and federal programs.

Mutual Aid: Multijurisdictional Partnerships for Meeting Regional Threats, (NCJ 210679), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Phil Lynn, September 2005. Presents numerous examples of the efforts of regions across the country to work in collaborative partnerships across jurisdictions. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, provides agencies interested in taking a more regional approach to terrorism prevention, preparedness, and response, with varied initiatives upon which to base mutual aid agreement proposals.

Assessing and Managing the Terrorism Threat, (NCJ 210680), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Joel Leson, September 2005. Presents the essential components of risk assessment and management, including criticality, threat, and vulnerability assessments, countermeasure identification, risk calculation, and critical infrastructure and key asset inventory. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, discusses the challenging demands on law enforcement to effectively and efficiently collect, assess, disseminate, and act on intelligence information regarding transnational and domestic terrorist threats.

Intelligence-Led Policing: The New Intelligence Architecture, (NCJ 210681), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Marilyn Peterson, September 2005. Discusses the strengths and pitfalls of traditional intelligence-led policing and the need for fundamental change in the way information is gathered, assessed, and redistributed in the light of new dangers presented by terrorism. This monograph, one of four Promising Practices Briefs from the Post 9-11 Policing Project, elucidates the issues, explains how we got where we are today and what we need to do to improve safety.

Solutions for Safer Communities: Annual Reports to Congress 2006 and 2007, (NCJ 225799), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This annual report describes the mission, goals, and structure of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the funding and technical assistance that BJA provided to State and local criminal justice systems in fiscal years 2006 and 2007 to support initiatives in every area of the justice system.

BJA 2008 Annual Report to Congress, (NCJ 228734), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This annual report describes the mission and goals of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the funding and technical assistance that BJA provided to state and local criminal justice systems in fiscal year 2008 to support initiatives in every area of the justice system.

Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies: Special Considerations for an All-Hazards Approach, (NCJ 214333), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2006. This report describes the role of law enforcement during public health emergencies, mass vaccinations, voluntary restrictions, and quarantines; securing the perimeter of contaminated areas and securing health care facilities; controlling crowds; investigating scenes of suspected biological terrorism; and protecting national stockpiles of vaccines or other medicines.

Fusion Center Technology Guide, (NCJ 233419), Bureau of Justice Assistance, April 2009. This report highlights the purpose of the fusion center, to provide an aggregation, analysis, and dissemination point for classified and unclassified data relevant to “all-crimes” and “all-hazards” intelligence approaches.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, (NCJ 192165), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2002. Discusses the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, a BJA-funded program that provides training in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting extremist criminal activity.

Role of Information Sharing in Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Prevention: An Interview With Director Richard A. Marquise, Discussion with Richard A. Marquise, Director of the SLATT® [State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training] Program and former FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] agent, about his experience with counter-terrorism prevention and investigation.
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