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Spotlighting Promising Programs


Outstanding Criminal Justice Program 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. 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.

Innovative Addiction Programs

In January 2017, the Addiction Policy Forum, in partnership with the NCJA, launched the Focus on Innovation initiative to highlight innovative and exemplary programs addressing addiction in the fields of prevention, treatment, recovery support, overdose reversal, criminal justice reform and law enforcement strategies. Many states and communities have made great strides in addressing substance use disorders by developing innovative programs and projects that draw upon the latest research and evidence-based practices. The Focus on Innovation initiative was developed to showcase these programs as models for testing and replication across the country. View profiles of selected programs.

Promising Practices

The NCJA Promising Practices Series explores practices across the criminal justice arena. By examining not only how programs, technologies and initiatives were created, but also how they have succeeded, we hope to provide readers with a more in-depth understanding of how communities are using innovation to address identified needs. New programs are highlighted each month in our Justice Bulletin newsletter. See what programs have been covered in this series.

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