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.
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.
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 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.