The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), established by the Justice Assistance Act of 1984 and reauthorized in 1988, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims. OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the nation and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges.
OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General who maintains responsibility for overall management and oversight of OJP, setting policy, and ensuring that OJP policies and programs reflect the priorities of the President, the Attorney General, and the Congress. The Assistant Attorney General promotes coordination and collaboration between the program and business offices within OJP. OJP’s program offices are the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.
Through its policy initiatives, OJP and its program offices promote proven programs and by support approaches that are evidence-informed and promise demonstrable results. Through its grant and financial assistance programs, OJP works to strengthen the nation’s capacity to address public safety needs by supporting law enforcement, prosecution, and public defense agencies, as well as courts, corrections, reentry, and crime reduction programs in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. OJP funding also supports crime victim assistance and compensation programs, juvenile justice and child protection activities, sex offender management efforts, a wide range of training and technical assistance opportunities, ground-breaking criminal justice research, and statistical collections covering a host of justice system topics.
OJP’s mission is to increase public safety and improve the fair administration of justice across America through innovative leadership and programs.
OJP's major goals and functions are to:
- Support community-based efforts to reduce crime and violence.
- Aid and protect law enforcement officers and other public safety professionals.
- Combat America’s opioid, stimulant, and substance abuse crisis.
- Provide services and compensation to crime victims, including human trafficking survivors, victims of elder abuse and elder fraud, and American Indian and Alaska Native victims.
- Help reduce recidivism by funding adult and juvenile offender reentry programs and by addressing issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness that may lead to justice system involvement.
- Work with tribal nations to address public safety and victim service challenges in Indian country.