What We Do

The NCJA helps justice agencies identify barriers and develop strategies to increase agency and program effectiveness.

What We Do

The National Criminal Justice Association has extensive experience in providing assistance to federal, state, local and tribal justice agencies to identify barriers and develop strategies to increase the effectiveness of criminal justice agencies and programs. Our staff is supported by a cadre of experienced criminal justice decision makers who can provide specialized expertise identified by NCJA client agencies and programs. For more information, please contact our office at (202) 628-8550 or info@ncja.org.

Services We Offer

Strategic Planning and Strategy Implementation

Comprehensive planning based on priorities for addressing a jurisdiction’s criminal justice challenges is the foundation for effective resource management. We can guide your agency through a planning process that engages all stakeholders in the criminal justice and produces a dynamic plan to guide your jurisdiction in designing and implementing strategies unique to the environment you face. We also operate the NCJA Center for Justice Planning, a unique resource for agencies and organizations responsible for developing strategies to implement, evaluate and sustain justice programs, policies and practices.

Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

Collaboration is essential to effective strategies for responding to shared challenges. A guiding principle underlying our work is a commitment to involve agencies and individuals who experience confronts the criminal justice system as well as agencies and individuals who can effect change in the system in a process leading to shared strategies and responses. NCJA staff is skilled in managing the consensus building process among a diverse group of criminal justice decision makers, practitioners and clients.

Federal Grants Management

Accounting for funding provided by federal agencies as well as from other sources undergirds effective resource management. We provide training and technical assistance to support recipients of funding from public and private entities to fulfill the requirements attached to this support. (See also our guide to federal grants management).

Data Collection and Justice Information Sharing

The NCJA, provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to enhance public safety and maximize justice information sharing (JIS) investments at the state, local and tribal levels.  With a focus on promoting and strengthening state level leadership and replicating best practices, NCJA delivers resources and remote and on-site TTA to support the implementation of policies, practices, and technology solutions that leverage JIS national standards Global Standards Package [GSP]). Criminal justice agencies that administer Byrne JAG funding (SAAs) must now require compliance with GSP whenever making grants that involve information sharing.  Primary components of the GSP include the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM). (See also our Justice Information Sharing Practitioners website).

Convening Policymakers, Practitioners, Experts and Advocates

Crime prevention and suppression programs will only be fully effective when all parts of the criminal justice system are operating seamlessly and in balance. With the goal of bringing balance to state and local criminal justice systems, NCJA regularly convenes policymakers, practitioners, experts and advocates to discuss issues of common interest and concern. In addition to the National Forum on Criminal Justice, the NCJA also hosts webinars, regional seminars, issue-specific working groups and focus groups, monthly meetings of government affairs specialists (the "Brown Baggers"), a roundtable of executive directors from stakeholder groups, and online communities.

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs

Each year at the National Forum on Criminal Justice, NCJA honors five outstanding criminal justice programs that showcase successful promising practices in criminal justice. Award winners represent one of five regions - the Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Tribal regions. Programs are selected based on the following criteria: whether the program addresses important criminal justice issues, demonstrates collaboration among criminal justice, provides quantitative evidence of its effectiveness in accomplishing program goals; leverages federal, state, local, or other non-governmental funds and resources; and can easily replicated in other jurisdictions. Learn more about nominating programs, the selection process, and past OCJP award winners.

Government Affairs

NCJA staff is engaged on many legislative and Administration issues. NCJA provides service to our members by providing up-to-the-minute information about pending legislation and the federal appropriations process and by communicating with federal officials on Capitol Hill and in the Administration about how federal policy affects the delivery of services to the field. Because NCJA members are engaged across all aspects of the criminal justice system, NCJA is engaged in a wide range of policy issues our work as advocates for effective criminal justice policy and adequate funding for state, local and tribal justice assistance programs impacts the entire criminal justice community.