Justice Trends & Promising Practices

NCJA strives to help Byrne JAG administrators and recipients and other justice stakeholders stay up-to-date with what’s happening and what’s working in criminal justice practice, policy and reform. This page contains resources describing ways that states and localities might invest Byrne JAG awards—both trending topics and programs that have shown promise.  


The content and links below are organized along the eight Byrne JAG purpose areas across which funds may be invested, as defined by the legislation that codifies the program. They encompass nearly every aspect of justice system operation, making Bryne JAG an extremely flexible program.  

This page will grow and change as we add more resources!  

Spending Purpose Areas

Byrne JAG Purpose Areas FY18 Investments - See how states and territories invested Byrne JAG funding across all purpose areas in 2018. 

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  • Nationwide Justice Trends: Prevention and Education COMING SOON! 

  • Promising Practices: Functional Family Therapy–Gangs: Adapting an Evidence-Based Program To Reduce Gang Involvement  

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  • Nationwide Justice Trends: Crime Victims and Witnesses COMING SOON!

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  • Nationwide Justice Trends: Behavioral and Mental Health COMING SOON! 

Do you fund, operate or know of a Promising Practice we should highlight? Reach out to us at strategicplanning@ncja.org.

This webpage was created with the support of Grant No. 2019-YA-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.