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Office of Justice Programs

810 Seventh Street NW., Washington, DC 20531

202-307-0703 | Email:

Assistant Attorney GeneralAmy L. Solomon, Acting
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney GeneralAmy L. Solomon

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) was established by the Justice Assistance Act of 1984 (42 U.S.C. 3711) and reauthorized in 1994 and 2005 to provide Federal leadership, coordination, and assistance needed to make the Nation's justice system more efficient and effective in preventing and controlling crime. OJP is responsible for collecting statistical data and conducting analyses; identifying emerging criminal justice issues; developing and testing promising approaches to address these issues; evaluating program results; and disseminating these findings and other information to State and local governments.

The OJP is comprised of the following bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance provides funding, training, and technical assistance to State and local governments to combat violent and drug-related crime and help improve the criminal justice system; the Bureau of Justice Statistics is responsible for collecting and analyzing data on crime, criminal offenders, crime victims, and the operations of justice systems at all levels of government; the National Institute of Justice sponsors research and development programs, conducts demonstrations of innovative approaches to improve criminal justice, and develops new criminal justice technologies; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides grants and contracts to States to help them improve their juvenile justice systems and sponsors innovative research, demonstration, evaluation, statistics, replication, technical assistance, and training programs to increase the Nation's understanding of and improve its response to juvenile violence and delinquency; the Office for Victims of Crime administers victim compensation and assistance grant programs and provides funding, training, and technical assistance to victim service organizations, criminal justice agencies, and other professionals to improve the Nation's response to crime victims; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) maintains the standards of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act as defined by the Adam Walsh Act. The SMART Office also provides technical assistance and supports innovative and best practices in the field of sex offender management.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) records have been assigned to record group 423. The OJP is one of the LEAA's successor agencies.


OJP Blog posts highlight OJP programs, as well as Department of Justice initiatives that support OJP's mission.

Career Opportunities

The OJP relies on accountants, attorneys, grant and project managers, information technology specialists, policy advisors, public affairs specialists, researchers, scientists, statisticians, writers and editors, and many other professionals to carry out its mission.

In 2020, the OJP ranked 337th among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Congressional Resources

Resources for Members of Congress and their staff are posted on the "For Congress" web page. | Email:


The "Contact Us" web page has a mailing address, as well as email addresses and phone numbers. | Email:

The OJP has a "For Media" web page that also contains contact information.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the OJP recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Enacted in 1966, the FOIA took effect on July 4, 1967. The law gives a right to obtain access to Federal agency records to any person, except a fugitive from the law. Some records, or portions of them, are shielded, however, from disclosure by one or more of nine statutory exemptions or by specific harm that disclosure may cause.

Juvenile Justice / Delinquency Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention publishes the bimonthly electronic newsletter "OJJDP News @ a Glance." This award winning newsletter highlights office activities, funding opportunities, publications, Tribal connections, and upcoming events.

News Releases

News releases are posted on the OJP website.


The OJP posts publications on its website.

Social Media

The OJP has social media accounts. The "Social Media" web page provides convenient access to all of them: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

State Administering Agencies

The OJP awards formula grants directly to State governments, which then set priorities and allocate funds within their respective States.


The "All Topics" web page provides convenient access to information on American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, civil rights, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, law enforcement, research and statistics and evaluation, substance abuse and crime, technology to fight crime, and victims of crime.

Training / Technical Assistance

The OJP offers training on and technical assistance with financial management, grant writing, and other subjects that are relevant to criminal and juvenile justice professionals and victim service providers.

Virtual Library

the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is an informational resource that supports policy, program development, and research. The NCJRS Virtual Library contains bibliographic information on and abstracts of more than 230,000 collection resources and over 80,000 online materials.