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Crime Victim Assistance Through the Decades

In 1974, NIJ launched an initiative to fund research that analyzed the needs and problems of crime victims. This initiative flourished over the past 50 years, as we have continued to play an integral role in performing and funding research on issues critical to victim recovery and evaluating critical victim services.

Apply to be a Research Assistant with NIJ

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. We welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply and connect their research to the criminal justice field.
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Find funding opportunities

NIJ awards research, development, testing, evaluation, and capacity enhancement grants.
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Read the latest

Review a list of publications and articles from both NIJ and the researchers we fund.
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Check out a list of our upcoming events. If you don't see anything of interest, we also offer a number of recorded, on-demand event and training opportunities.
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Browse all topics

Find articles and other information on a wide variety of criminal justice topics.
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First Step Act

The First Step Act of 2018 aims to reform the federal prison system and reduce recidivism. NIJ is working to assess and develop an existing prisoner risk and needs assessment system, and develop recommendations regarding effective evidence-based recidivism reduction programs and activities. 

Protecting Strong African American Families

The program is designed to improve family functioning and enhance youth development by targeting parents’ relationships and parenting skills. The program is rated Effective for increasing levels of parental monitoring and positive self-concept and decreasing conduct problems and substance use initiation.