Law Enforcement

Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy Tool

The aim of this tool is to facilitate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry program but rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process.

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Salt Lake County Launches Study of Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce reoffense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders.

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President Obama Launches Historic My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

In February 2014, President Obama announced the historic My Brother’s Keeper initiative, an effort to provide greater opportunities to boys and young men of color, who as a group face disproportionate challenges and obstacles in school, with the criminal justice system, and within their communities and families.

Announcements

Webinars

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Applicants

On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]

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Webinar Archive: Innovative Law Enforcement Strategies for Interacting with People that Frequently Require Emergency and Crisis Services

In this webinar, held July 26, 2012, representatives from the Houston Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department will discuss the programs they have developed to work more effectively with individuals with mental illnesses who frequently come in contact with law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

To watch an archived recording of this webinar, click here.

To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation used in this webinar, click here.

Publications

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Updated State and Territory Fact Sheets

Updates to the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s state and territory fact sheets include updated statistics related to BJA investments, program highlights from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, crime trends, and other criminal justice information.

Law Enforcement's Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform

Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform

This report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police provides 33 recommendations on how law enforcement leaders, in collaboration with partners at the local, state, and national levels, can improve responses to at-risk youth and youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

Recent Headlines

School Safety Cops Making Fewer Arrests

New York Post Aaron Short Fewer city students are getting booked. School safety officers arrested 393 city students in the 2013-14 school year — a 32.1 percent drop from the previous year, when they busted 579, The Post has learned. [...]

Officers Train to Deal with Mentally Ill Inmates

INDIANAPOLIS – Because more than 25-percent of Marion County’s jail population is classified as mentally ill, many officers are required to take a 40-hour program that teaches them how to handle those individuals.

Minneapolis Police Outreach to Somali Community Offers a National Model

n 2011, the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a $600,000 grant to the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which in turn chose Minneapolis’ Somali-American community as its subject.

Justice officials said they were impressed by Minneapolis’ work so far to build trust with its immigrant population. But they also made it clear they want the project to result in a national model other cities can replicate.