OCJP Awards

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

Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards

Each year at the National Forum on Criminal Justice, NCJA honors five outstanding criminal justice programs that showcase successful promising practices in criminal justice. The five award winners - one from the Northeast, one from the South, one from the Midwest, one from the West, and one tribal program - are evaluated by a panel of criminal justice experts based on the following criteria:

  • Does the program address an important criminal justice issue?
  • Does the program demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice allied agencies or disciplines?
  • Can the program provide quantitative evidence of its effectiveness in accomplishing program goals?
  • Does the program leverage federal, state, local, or other non-governmental funds and resources?
  • Can the program be easily replicated in other jurisdictions?

We are particularly interested in programs that are innovative and can document concrete results.

Past Award Recipients

View profiles of previous OCJP award winners.

Application Process

The OCJP award application consists of three parts:

  1. Program questionnaire;
  2. Supporting materials; and
  3. Signature page.

Applicants may nominate multiple programs. Use only one application per program.

All applications must be signed by the administrator of your state's criminal justice agency (SAA) and the program director. Nominations without these signatures will not be considered. Contact information for your state administrator can be found on the State Profiles Map on the NCJA Center for Justice Planning website.

Deadline: All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET Friday, April 22, 2017.

Tips for Successful Applications

View webinar | Download transcript

In 2016, NCJA hosted an informational webinar for potential applications. In this webinar, Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards: Tips and Tricks for Success, Executive Director Cabell Cropper discusses the elements that go into a submitting a successful OCJP Award application package, including what the application evaluators look for in a winning program and what information can and should be included for your nomination materials. Using examples from previous winners, Cropper also demonstrates what makes a program stand apart from the other applicants.

Nominate a Program

Submit your program nominations online, or by emailing, faxing or mailing this form.

Note: applicants submitting their form online will not have an opportunity to save responses prior to submitting their form. We recommend first downloading the Microsoft Word version of the form so you can review questions and prepare responses in advance.

Forms submitted by email, fax, or mail should be sent to:

Bethany Broida
NCJA Director of Communications
720 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone (202) 448 - 1713
Fax (202) 448 - 1723
Email bbroida@ncja.org

Application Deadline

Nominations for the 2017 OCJP awards cycle are due by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, April 21, 2017. Award winners will be announced at this year's National Forum on Criminal Justice in Long Beach, California.