Community-based organizations

Winter 2017 Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy

To enhance the effectiveness of the Smart Suite programs and to bring more “science” to the field, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has partnered with a team from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU) to build an academy that will researchers and practitioners work more effectively and efficiently on crime reduction strategies. The BJA/MSU Smart Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy (also known as the Fellows Academy) is a multi-day experience focusing on the importance of using science and data to:

BJA Webinar on January 10 – Fiscal Year 2017 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Solicitation

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for an informational webinar on the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the BCJI Program (current model and training and technical assistance program) as well as a walkthrough of key changes in the FY 2017 solicitation. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to BJA staff.

Webinar: New STOP Rule Clarifies Several Issues

OVW published the new final rule about the Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women formula grant program. “Conforming STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program Regulations to Statutory Change; Definitions and Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to All OVW Grant Programs” was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2016.

Student Mental Health and Wellness (Dec 2016)

Mental health is important and plays a role in our daily lives. It refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts.

Mental health problems can develop in children and youth at any age. Studies show that 20 percent of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade suffer from a mental health issue on any given day in any given classroom; and 10 percent of these issues are serious enough to affect how that student behaves at home, at school, and with others.

Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts

The Justice Programs Office at American University will be conducting a webinar entitled, "Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts," on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET.  This webinar will be presented by Dr. Sarah Desmarais, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program at North Carolina State University.

CPTED for the 21st Century: Understanding How the Physical, Social, and Economic Environment Influences Crime

Understanding how the built environment can impact crime is fundamental for place-based community safety efforts. Eliciting resident feedback on what changes can (and should) be made to the environment is equally important, as well as a sensitivity to a particular neighborhood’s culture, history, and connection to the broader community.

Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach While Improving Community Safety (Nov 2016)

The stress of living in a high-crime, high-violence environment has been shown to negatively impact physical and mental health in the short- and long-term. Children and families look over their shoulders in fear of being at the wrong place at the right time. Neighborhoods suffering from years of disinvestment have resulted in disconnected communities with poor institutional relationships.

American Correctional Association

Vision Statement

The American Correctional Association shapes the future of corrections through strong, progressive leadership that brings together various voices and forges coalitions and partnerships to promote the concepts embodied in its Declaration of Principles.

 

Mission

The American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system.

 

Goals

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