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NCJA Center for Justice Planning

Welcome to the homepage for NCJA Center for Justice Planning! From here you can learn who we are, what we do, and how to request our services.  

The NCJA Center for Justice Planning team consists of experienced planners with backgrounds in local justice systems, data management and analysis, training, law enforcement programs, pretrial justice, behavioral health and substance use disorders and more. We are committed, individually and as a team, to helping justice systems find safe, fair and efficient solutions to their challenges. See the NCJA staff page for more information on our team.  


NCJA provides TTA for Byrne JAG recipients on behalf of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). We work with states to develop comprehensive, data-driven strategic plans that define how their awards dollars will be invested. BJA requires states to submit a comprehensive statewide strategic plan with their Byrne JAG application. The Plan must be developed in consultation with a diverse

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group of stakeholders, address resource allocation, use of data and implementation of evidence-based

practices. Through our partnership with BJA our team is here to assist you with any needs you have to

meet these strategic planning requirements! 

We provide a wide variety of training and guidance that states may need to ensure that Byrne JAG funding is administered effectively, from planning to reporting outcomes such as:


Toolkits, guidebooks, multimedia content (publications, podcasts, webinars, videos)

Collaborative Opportunities

Training, direct guidance, planning sessions, on-site and virtual support

Strategic Planning

Peer-to-peer learning, regional calls, national conferences

We can also support you with:​

  • Direct assistance with all areas within the development of your strategic plan

  • Developing SMART goals and performance metrics

  • Facilitating stakeholder and local planning board engagement

  • Assisting with stakeholder engagement efforts

  • Developing surveys

  • Facilitating focus groups and planning sessions with your state planning bodies

  • Researching promising programs and nationwide trends

  • Developing peer-to-peer learning connections

  • Providing Subject Matter Experts (in-house and through partner organizations) in areas including data information sharing, braided funding, grants management, community-based violence reduction, strategic intercept model (SIM) mapping, local criminal justice system engagement, behavioral health programing, addressing equity in criminal justice, and more.

For more information about what TTA we provide, or to request TA, please email

What We Offer

A pillar of the services we offer. We’ve created a series of informational and training materials to make creating a strategic plan easier and aligned to each state’s needs. 

This is NCJA's online learning portal where we host live and recorded trainings on a variety of topics related to strategic planning, criminal justice practices and grants management. We also bring our clients together with subject matter experts, program operators and, perhaps most importantly, each other!

The engagement of local systems and partners in justice planning and interventions is crucial to ensuring that policies are enacted properly, and funding is directed to critical priority areas. Here you’ll find materials discussing the importance of local justice stakeholders and guidance on how to do it. 

We strive to help Byrne JAG recipients and other justice stakeholders stay up to date on trends and promising practices in criminal justice practice, policy and reform. Visit this page to access a collection of information on trends and practices.  

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. 

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