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Strengthen science. Advance justice.

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Research Plans Define Challenges, Inspire Research

NIJ has six strategic research plans, whose objectives include information sharing, data collection, and technology-driven solutions to address vital criminal justice needs. They focus on Courts, Corrections, Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Initiative, Policing, Safety, Health, and Wellness, and Sentinel Events Initiative.

What is JustGrants?

On October 15, 2020 the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) for all grants management activities and to the Department of Treasury's Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system for grants payments. 

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Find funding opportunities

NIJ awards research, development, testing, evaluation, and capacity enhancement grants.
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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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Find articles and other information on a wide variety of criminal justice topics.
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The 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.

Expressive Writing Interventions for Adolescents

Expressive writing interventions are individually focused and designed to improve emotional expression and processing during adaptation to stressful situations. The practice is rated Effective for improving adolescents’ problem behaviors, internalizing behaviors, and school participation, and rated No Effects for school performance.