FY 2012 At-A-Glance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) strengthens the nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s local, state, and tribal governments reduce and prevent crime and violence.

In fiscal year (FY) 2012, BJA focused its program and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address emerging and chronic crime challenges nationwide.

BJA delivers resources to state, local, and tribal communities and justice agencies with an emphasis on creating and sustaining partnerships and promoting data-driven and evidence-based practices and policies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the justice system. At the same time, BJA encourages innovation and testing of new strategies to meet the unique needs of the communities it serves.

In FY 2012, BJA focused on several key justice priorities facing America’s communities. These priorities addressed the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) strategic goals and objectives and included:

A brief look at a few of the many programs administered by BJA in FY 2012 reveals the following:

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants provided more than $287 million to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 territories for local, state, and tribal justice initiatives.

VALOR (Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resiliency and Survivability) training, which helps prevent violence against law enforcement officers, was delivered to nearly 5,500 officers at 35 events.

Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Program grantees disrupted or dismantled more than 580 IP theft organizations and arrested more than 1,200 individuals suspected of committing IP-related crimes.

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Office approved 195 claims for survivors of officers who died in the line of duty.

The Wrongful Conviction Review Program awarded more than $2.2 million to public and nonprofit entities that represent potentially wrongfully convicted individuals.

The State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program delivered 109 workshops to nearly 11,000 law enforcement professionals.

Through the Global Justice Information Initiative, BJA developed a toolkit that showcases the initiative’s comprehensive recommendations and resources to help users solve their justice information sharing issues.

Through Second Chance Act Programs, BJA awarded $48 million for site-based awards, training and technical assistance, and evaluation.

At the end of FY 2012, 35 state and local jurisdictions participated in BJA’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

BJA awarded 50 Adult Drug Court Program grants totaling more than $15 million and, in a joint effort with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, awarded 10 additional grants totaling more than $2.8 million.

As part of DOJ’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, BJA awarded 42 grants totaling more than $26 million under the various purpose areas.

BJA partnered with the National Institute of Justice on two Demonstration Field Experiments in the areas of probation and post-release community supervision.

These and other BJA efforts reflect the dedication, commitment, and successes of a nation of justice partners who believe that more can always be done to help reduce and prevent crime and enhance the criminal justice system.