The Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) was created by the Legislature as an independent state agency in 1987, replacing the Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice which had been established by Executive Order in 1969. Traditionally, OJA has served as the state planning and administrative agency for a variety of federal and state grant programs related to criminal justice.
As the State Administering Agency (SAA) for federal justice and homeland security grant funds, the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) develops statewide strategies, determines funding priorities, and advises Governor Doyle on public safety and domestic preparedness policy. The State Administering Agency is the executive branch agency designated by the Governor to accept designated federal criminal justice funds. Because of this responsibility, these agencies serve as the primary coordinating body for state and local public safety issue identification, collaboration, planning, and policy development and implementation. Outside of funding city and county level homeland security and criminal justice initiatives the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance also houses the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing imitative and the states Statistical Analysis Center.
Below you will find more information on the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.
Drug Task Force Advisory Committee
The Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission
In 2009 the Commission adopted a new three-year plan. The priorities set forth in that plan are:
♦Addressing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system
Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee
The membership of the Advisory Committee is designed to be demographically and geographically representative as well as to comprise a multi-system group within a size limit of 20 people. A conscious effort has been made to hold the ratio of STOP VAWA funded projects to 1/3 of the membership. In addition to the above criteria, there is an effort to reflect demographic representation. The Committee recognizes the need for further input and a richer representation of previously un-served and underserved populations. In response to this need the Urban and Rural Task forces were created.
2007-2009 Biennial Report