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The Justice Programs Office uses translational research, innovative solutions, and collaboration to advance an equitable justice system that promotes human dignity and respect.

Upcoming Event

America Working Forward

America Working Forward: Hidden Workforce

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The Sine Institute of Policy & Politics are hosting America Working Forward at 6:30 p.m. on October 16 in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater to explore programs that offer incarcerated individuals and individuals with a criminal record pathways to re-enter America’s workforce and training facilities. JPO will be moderating the panel at the event so make sure to register here.

Drug Court Review II Now Available

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The summer 2019 issue of the Drug Court Review academic journal is now available on the National Drug Court Resource Center website. This issue offers a collection of articles on innovative approaches, program implementation, and evaluation in the treatment court field. Read it here

New Tool Helps Treatment Courts

RED Program Assessment Tool

Following a number of site visits around the country and in collaboration with experts in the field, the Justice Programs Office(JPO)team in the School of Public Affairs at American University launched a Racial and Ethnic Disparities(RED)Program Assessment Tool to help treatment court professionals identify and examine areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court programs.

Although research has shown that treatment courts are an effective solution to helping justice-involved individuals, trends show disparities may exist in some treatment court programs when it comes to who has access to the programs (participation), completion rates (graduation), and recidivism outcomes.

The JPO team developed the RED Program Assessment Tool for treatment courts and are inviting those teams to participate in the assessment to identify and mitigate gaps in their programs. 

Three things to know about the RED Program Assessment Tool:

  • It’s FREE, user-friendly, and uses a secure web-based platform
  • It’s a comprehensive assessment for treatment court programs
  • It provides recommendations to treatment court teams

To learn more and participate to take the RED Program Assessment, contact NDCRC at (202)885-2875

Take the Assessment


JPO Celebrating Being Green

Issues within the justice system tend to disproportionally effect the least fortunate members of society. Similarly, the overuse of resources by business entities create environmental impacts that tend to disproportionally effect those same members of society. Therefore, the Justice Programs Office is committed to environmental stability. By participating in American University’s Green Office Program, we have a concrete set of goals to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce our use of resources, and increase our recycling efforts. This is accomplished by working directly with American University’s Office of Sustainability and informing staff and students on sustainable office practices.  

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That message rang loud and clear throughout the third annual Smart on Crime Innovations Conference. Read about JPO Director Kim Ball's passionate conversation on why the Sixth Amendment matters.

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