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Justice Programs Office
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Brandywine #100
Washington, DC 20016-8159

WEBINAR: Hispanics and Latinos in Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Reovery

Diana Padilla and Joseph R. Madonia will discuss how Hispanic and Latino culture is layered within behavior, major components of cultural humility as a process for practice, and effective strategies currently used in drug courts with Hispanic and Latino participants. This interactive webinar is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST.

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60 Minutes' "Defenseless": How the System Has Become Public Defenders' Worst Nightmare

A conversation with Justice Programs Office's Senior Policy Counsel, Zoë Root, regarding the lack of resources allocated for public defenders to adequately represent their clients. Read here >> 

Maintaining Momentum Keynote Speaker: Glenn E. Martin

On March 30, 2017, the Justice Programs Office at American University hosted an event, Maintaining Momentum: Redefining the Purpose of Incarceration in the Ongoing Conversations about Criminal Justice Reform.  The keynote speech was given by JustLeadershipUSA's Glenn E. Martin, with introductions from Dean Romzek and JPO Director Kim Ball.  View Glenn's speech and other recordings of panels and sessions from the event here.

National Public Opinion Survey Conducted for The Right to Counsel National Campaign

A new report, Americans' Views on Public Defenders and The Right to Counsel, outlines the results of a year-long opinion study focused on how well Americans understand public defense and their right to counsel. 

The R2C researchers and their colleagues from Belden Russonello Strategists, a consulting group that conducts survey and focus group research, interviewed 1,500 respondents across the United States via focus groups and opinion polls from April through October 2016. Questions gauged the public’s initial understanding of the right to counsel and public defense, and researchers also tested and determined the most effective educational tools that can be used to expand awareness and correct misconceptions.

Download the full report here

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.

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.

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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 »

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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 »

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