Prevention and Education

Federal Government Resources

U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) supports law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. BJA provides leadership, services, and funding to America's communities.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, is intended to be a central, reliable, and credible resource to help practitioners and policy makers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. It is intended to assist in practical decision making and program implementation. recognizes that rigorous evaluation evidence is one of several factors to consider in justice programming and policy decisions. is NOT an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs, and a program’s inclusion on this site does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – Crimes and Prevention Page
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.

U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund’s mission is to reduce the numbers of neglected, sick, uneducated, and poor children in the United States. Its information-packed website outlines its various initiatives and programs, and contains reports and statistics about American children today.

Non-Federal Government Resources

City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Center for Crime Prevention and Control
The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners. The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives in jurisdictions around the country and the world. It is particularly focused on issues affecting our most vulnerable communities: gangs and other violent groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence. It is also focused on repairing relationships between those communities and law enforcement; strengthening communities; and reducing arrest and incarceration.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
A resource for delinquency prevention and juvenile justice issues, this website offers fact sheets on subjects like American Indian youth and the juvenile justice system and mental health needs of young offenders. It also details the Coalition’s stance on a number of current issues, and contains a glossary of terms and other useful information.

Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress in 1994, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) has continued to break new ground by transforming the way health care providers, police, judges, employers and others address violence. Its website contains information about the Fund’s programs for and about children, health, immigrant woman, public education, public policy, and more. A Take Action section urges others to become involved in the movement to end abuse, while a Resource section includes personal stories, a fact sheet, a celebrity watch, and other features.

Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute (GPPI) – Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute (PPI) is designed to support public agency leaders in the juvenile justice and related systems of care. The Center seeks to complement the good work being done across the country in juvenile justice reform by providing a multi-systems perspective and set of resources in support of this work.

National Association of Town Watch (NATW) – National Night Out
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. Members include: Neighborhood, Crime, Community, Town and Block Watch Groups; law enforcement agencies; state and regional crime prevention associations; and a variety of businesses, civic groups and concerned individuals working to make their communities safer places in which to live and work.

National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)
A resource for independent and original juvenile justice-related research, on its website the Center outlines its services and provides information on confidentiality issues, the death penalty, parental responsibility and other issues affecting young people in the criminal justice system.

National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) has enjoyed an international reputation for its research, training, and professional programs. The Council developed and promoted model legislation for juvenile and family courts, criminal sentencing, and probation and parole. These models have either informed or been included in legislation in virtually every state. NCCD works with state governors, legislators, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to demonstrate, test, and evaluate innovative alternatives to current ineffective and costly methods of combating crime. Throughout its history, NCCD has been a voice for prevention and community-based efforts to reduce the social cost of crime. NCCD has pursued its goals by working with elected officials and professionals. First and foremost, NCCD maintains a strong and independent private sector voice on criminal justice policies.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
The National Crime Prevention Council's (NCPC) mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.

Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI)
The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) is the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring informed pretrial decision-making for safe communities. When people are arrested, their release or detention pending trial should be based on a thoughtful, informed assessment of whether they will stay crime-free while on release and return to court for trial. PJI advocates for fair and effective pretrial policies and practices that eliminate inappropriate detention, optimize diversion from prosecution and maintain community safety.