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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 use, forensic sciences, law enforcement, mental health, and tribal justice. View a list below or use the Search Filters feature to conduct a keyword search of programs.

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Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA

This program assists law enforcement and prosecutors to address and prosecute violent crime cold cases and 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.

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.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program

This program enhances the capabilities of state, local, and tribal governments to provide residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to adult and juvenile populations during detention or incarceration, initiate or continue evidence-based SUD treatment in jails, prepare individuals for reintegration into the community, and assist them and their communities throughout the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other recovery aftercare services.

Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative

This initiative provides funding and technical assistance to rural law enforcement agencies seeking to reduce violent crime and address problems associated with violent crime.

Second Chance Act Programs

BJA’s suite of Second Chance Act programs support state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from incarceration.

Smart Reentry: Housing Demonstration

This program is designed to help jurisdictions assess their reentry housing systems, identify strengths and gaps, and build capacity for improving housing options for adults released from prison or jail.

Smart Supervision Program

This program provides community supervision agencies with funding, technical assistance, and new tools to improve supervision outcomes.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program

This program addresses the prevention of terrorism, targeted violence, and hate crimes by providing no-cost and role-based training, resources, and technical assistance to state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement officers and criminal justice agencies.

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.

Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

This program helps address the extreme shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States and provides medical examiner and coroner offices with the resources to become accredited and maintain that accreditation.

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) Program

This program's goals are to build and enhance capacity and improve delivery of civil and criminal legal services to individuals and tribes, as well as develop policies that improve access to tribal justice systems, and provide training and technical assistance for development and enhancement of tribal justice systems.