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Mini-grant Call for Proposals

Mini-grant in Support of a Community of Practice

As a graduate of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Innovations Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy, you are eligible to apply for this competitive mini-grant in support of building and informing a community of practice.  This is a two-step process.  The first step is to submit a one-page summary of your (BJA) grant funded program specifically highlighting changes, successes, or challenges overcome leading to progress.  The second step requires submission of a case study that will be used as an online resource and with the potential for publications through the Innovations Suite and/or BJA.

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Sustaining Your PSN Initiative

Sustaining Your PSN Initiative's webinar addresses this issue – how do we sustain our PSN team, our PSN strategies, and the lessons we learn in PSN beyond the grant end date? We started thinking about this topic as we developed training to support effective implementation of PSN. The good news is that many of the same steps that lead to effective implementation are also key steps in sustaining your initiative over time. This is the focus of the Sustaining Your PSN Initiative webinar.


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Analyzing Violent Crime Problems (Julie Wartell)



The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Alaska prioritizes and supports local reentry efforts as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. The Reentry Simulation is an educational outreach event which highlights the struggles and challenges faced by individuals who are transitioning from incarceration back into their communities. The Reentry Simulation provided an opportunity for participants to gain an understanding of the significant obstacles and barriers faced by men and women upon their release from incarceration and return to their communities. Learn about the Alaska experience here.

National Training and Technical Assistance Center

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is a training and technical assistance (TTA) resource to help state, local, and tribal justice agencies achieve safer communities.

For additional information on NTTAC and to request training and technical assistance: BJA NTTAC

U.S. Department of Justice Violence Reduction Response Center

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC) provides easy access to DOJ resources to help you address violent crime. VRRC was established under the direction of the Attorney General to connect state, local, and tribal justice agencies with violent crime reduction training and technical assistance (TTA) resources offered by DOJ. By providing direct referrals to DOJ crime reduction publications, grant opportunities, and TTA, VRRC serves as a one-stop shop to connect individuals to the most appropriate resources available. After contacting VRRC, staff will guide you to training and grant funding opportunities, or they can put you in touch with peers and subject experts to learn about and discuss violence reduction strategies. VRRC staff will make sure you receive resources tailored to your specific needs and will facilitate access to those resources, saving you time otherwise spent searching.

For more information visit the Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC) website.

The National Institute of Justice’s is comprised of two components — a web-based clearinghouse of programs and practices and a process for identifying and rating those programs and practices. The programs and practices presented on are identified, screened, reviewed, and rated using a standardized process.

Visit to review the rated programs and practices.

Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation produced, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this handout for criminal justice professionals outlines a series of strategies for implementing and enhancing procedural justice: promoting perceptions of fairness and increasing compliance with court orders and the law. 

For more information visit Procedural Justice In Action

National Public Safety Partnership

PSP provides an innovative framework for DOJ to enhance its support of state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the investigation, prosecution, and deterrence of violent crime, especially crime related to gun violence, gangs, and drug trafficking. This approach serves as a platform for DOJ to directly engage with cities to identify and prioritize resources that will help local communities address their violent crime crises.

For more information visit the PSP website.

BJA’s CRPPE provides visitors with information on practitioner-researcher partnerships, performance measures, logic models, program evaluation, and other important information to devise solutions to improve the quality, quantity, and equity of criminal justice and public safety services.

For more information visit the CRPPE website.

National Gang Center

As a means to strengthen communities’ abilities to address youth gang involvement, (OJJDP) launched the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) in 1995. In 2003, BJA launched the NGC to provide law enforcement with specialized training for countering street gang crime. In October 2009, the (NYGC) merged with the NGC. This unification signified a recognition that street gang activities transcend ages of the members and that a balanced, comprehensive approach is needed to reduce gang involvement and levels of gang crime. Consolidation of the centers has leveraged resources and resulted in a single, more efficient entity, responsive to the needs of criminal and juvenile justice professionals, law enforcement, youth‐and community‐serving practitioners, researchers, and the public.

For more information visit the NGC website.

National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC)

Funded by BJA, the National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC) provides training and technical assistance (TTA) and resources related to conducting high-quality investigations. Subject matter experts (SMEs) will deliver TTA to meet the investigative needs of local law enforcement, prosecutors, and public safety agencies.

NRTAC Fact Sheet

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) provides funding through a competitive grant program to support the jurisdictional reform of approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory. SAKI is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases through (1) a comprehensive and victim-centered approach, (2) jurisdictional capacity building to prevent high numbers of unsubmitted SAKs in the future, and (3) supporting the investigation and prosecution of cases for which SAKs were previously unsubmitted.