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TTA Today Blog

Welcome to BJA NTTAC's TTA Today blog! TTA Today posts tell the story of training and technical assistance (TTA) engagements through individual perspectives, including those of DOJ and BJA leaders, staff, technical assistance providers, subject matter experts, community members, and other relevant stakeholders. These posts serve as an informal venue to share relevant updates or best practices from the criminal justice community, as well as to feature first-hand accounts of how TTA impacts state, local, and tribal communities across the nation.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is accepting applications for the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). PSP serves as a U.S. DOJ-wide initiative that enables cities experiencing high rates of violent crime to partner with DOJ and to receive intensive, coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA) from DOJ to support and enhance public safety and community violence intervention (CVI) strategies.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts worked to switch to a virtual format, while criminal court cases became backlogged. This problem has continued throughout the pandemic to the point that some courts face such a large backlog that some cases may need to be dropped. To help address this challenge and others related to virtual courts and backlogged cases, the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence published the report “Prosecutor Backlog Causes, Data and Solutions” in January 2021.