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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 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. Read more »

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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 »




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.

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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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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