Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance

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.

Commissions, Boards, Committees, and Councils

Commissions, Boards, Committees, and Councils

Drug Task Force Advisory Committee
The Drug Task Force Advisory Committee is comprised of individuals having extensive drug law enforcement and prosecutorial experience. It is convened annually and as needed to advise OJA on significant matters related to drug enforcement within the State of Wisconsin and to review grant applications submitted in response to competitive solicitations for drug enforcement task force funding.

The Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission
The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission (GJJC) serves as the state advisory group under the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and the juvenile crime enforcement coalition to administer the federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG). The federal funds Wisconsin receives under the JJDPA and the JABG are statutorily required to be disbursed through the Commission. The Commission is a diverse and collaborative committee that distributes federal juvenile justice grant dollars and aids in the development of juvenile justice policy. Over the last year, we have addressed key factors leading to delinquency—truancy, substance abuse and mental health problems—and have continued our commitment to reducing racial disparity in the juvenile justice system and promoting juvenile justice system improvement.

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
♦Maintaining compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
♦Supporting programs that address mental health and substance abuse issues among juvenile offenders
♦Promoting juvenile justice system improvement by providing local units of government the opportunity to adopt evidence-based programs and practices

Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee seeks to provide pro-active leadership in achieving the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), plan goals by fostering collaborative public/private partnerships and to ensure effective community responses for all victims of violence against women in Wisconsin.

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.

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2007-2009 Biennial Report
Note: 2009-2011 strategic planning can be found in "Part 3: 2009-11 Program and Policy Directions" starting on page 22.

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