The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges.
Office of Justice Programs Goals:
- Strengthen partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders.
- Ensure integrity of, and respect for, science – including a focus on evidence-based, “smart on crime” approaches in criminal and juvenile justice.
- Administer OJP’s grant awards process in a fair, accessible and transparent fashion – and, as good stewards of federal funds, manage the grants system in a manner that avoids waste, fraud and abuse.
For more information about OJP: http://www.ojp.gov