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List of Programs


The Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs and initiatives in various areas, including corrections, courts, drugs and substance abuse, forensic sciences, law enforcement, mental health, and tribal justice. View a listing below or use the Search Filters feature to conduct a keyword search of programs.

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Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

Through this program, BJA provides funding to help defray the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing for violent felony offenses in which actual innocence might be demonstrated.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

This program provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized tribes for demonstration projects within confinement settings including, adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities; community corrections facilities; law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities, and tribal detention facilities.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

PSN is designed to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime, including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the felonious possession and use of firearms.

Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA

The Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA program provides funds to: (1) prosecute violent crime cold cases and (2) decrease the number of violent crime cold cases awaiting prosecution.

Public Benefit Conveyance Program

BJA's role in this program is to make recommendations as to whether (1) the use proposed by the state or unit of local government meets the requirements of the statute; and (2) the environmental impact of the proposed transfer has been properly assessed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program

The PSOB Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Sentinel Events Initiative

This joint project of BJA and the National Institute of Justice seeks to empower local jurisdictions to take an all-stakeholder, non-blaming, forward-looking approach to learning from errors, with the goal of mitigating future risk.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

SAKI provides funding through a competitive grant program to support the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions' approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory.

Smart Policing Initiative (SPI)

SPI is a collaborative effort among BJA, national training and technical assistance partners, state/local law enforcement agencies, and researchers, designed to assist agencies with identifying innovative and evidence-based solutions to effectively and efficiently tackle chronic crime problems.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program

The SLATT Program provides instruction that focuses on the prevention of terrorism within the U.S. and provides the tools necessary for state, local, and tribal law enforcement to understand, detect, deter, and investigate acts of terrorism and violent criminal extremists in the U.S.

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)

SCAAP provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the reporting period.

Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program (TJSIP)

TJSIP assists tribes in developing effective strategies to cost effectively renovate, expand, or replace existing facilities associated with the incarceration and rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders subject to tribal jurisdiction.