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(202) 885-2875
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Justice Programs Office
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Brandywine #100
Washington, DC 20016-8159

Webinar Announcement: Women in Treatment Courts

Please join us for a webinar on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm EST to discuss women in treatment courts. Our presenters include Hon. William G. Schma, former Presiding Judge, Kalamazoo County Drug Treatment Court Program and Kalamazoo County Women’s Drug Treatment Court Program and Valerie Moore, former Executive Director of InAct, Portland, Oregon’s drug court treatment agency.

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OJJDP Releases Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines

The new JDTC guidelines offer courts an evidence-based, treatment-oriented approach that emphasizes family engagement, addresses the substance use and often co-occurring mental health disorders experienced by adolescents in the system, and incorporates the developmental perspective for juvenile justice interventions. Currently operating JDTCs will find the guidelines useful for developing strategies for reforming current practices to align them with evidence-based practices. New JDTCs will find the guidelines helpful in designing their JDTC model and practices.

Visit the webpage for the Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project for more information and resources.

December Declared National Impaired Driving Month

Check out our brand new fact sheet that discusses DWI Courts, entitled National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: The Importance of DWI Courts.  

It is available to view and download as a PDF

Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results

Veterans Treatment Courts 2015 Survey Results

The Justice Programs Office, a center in the School of Public Affairs, at American University is pleased to present the Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results. This survey was conducted under the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project. To learn more about the survey results, and for information on and additional resources for Veterans Treatment Courts, please visit the Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results webpage.


R2C Highlight Video

Check out the highlight video from our R2C National Consortium Inaugural Meeting below. Learn more about the R2C project.

JPO Newsletter

JPO at AU releases a regular newsletter to update the field on our current activities. Issues will be available here. If you would like to receive the newsletter in your inbox, send us an e-mail at with "Subscribe to monthly newsletter" in the subject line. 

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Welcome to the JPO

The Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University was established in 1989 to carry out the SPA's mission to apply the tools of scholarship and professionalism to the design, management and evaluation of public programs. Since its establishment, the JPO has been providing technical assistance, research, training, policy development and program evaluation services to government agencies and organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally to promote the application of relevant research findings and professional standards to the operation of justice system and related agencies. Projects address policy, program, resource, and operational issues relating to the administration of justice, coordination of public programs, and the delivery of justice system and associated public health, social and related services. Learn more about JPO »

Search our database

During its four decades, the Justice Programs Office has compiled one of the most extensive collections of justice system-related resources which is accessed by justice system and other professionals, policy makers and scholars world-wide covering a broad array of topics relating to justice system policy and operational issues generally and discipline-specific to emerging trends, reform initiatives being debated, and relevant research. The JPO's Collection of Publications and Resources, which is being updated and expanded on a continuing basis, is housed in a searchable database that can be accessed by key words and phrases ("*") search function as well as by subject area. Visit Publications and Resources »

Current Project Highlights

Bureau of Justice Drug Court Technical Assistance Project

The BJA-funded Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project (DCTAP) offers a wide range of free technical assistance services to drug courts, Veterans Courts, Mental Health Courts, and other problem solving court programs that focus on services to substance abusing offenders to promote improved program effectiveness and long term participant success.

Learn more about the project »

Bureau of Justice Assistance Gideon – Right to Counsel Technical Assistance Project

American University, in partnership with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has initiated a project to provide technical assistance to public defense providers to promote their enhanced ability to adhere to the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System. Learn more about the project »

Other Initiatives

The Justice Programs conducts a wide range of domestic and international justice system improvement initiatives, including strengthening justice system leadership and management, promoting enhanced coordination of justice system functions, sustaining the rule of law through continuity of operations planning, expanding alternatives to incarceration, enhancing justice system and public health partnerships, and strengthening public defense services. Learn about JPO initiatives »

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