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Publication Justice System Improvement Act Agencies - First Annual Report, Fiscal Year 1980

January 1, 1980    NCJ 77181

These agencies were either created or reorganized by the 1979 Justice System Improvement Act (JSIA). A brief summary of the act is followed by a total budget for the four agencies. OJARS, which provides staff support and coordination for the JSIA agencies, developed a comprehensive reorganization plan to handle the anticipated reductions in LEAA block grants. OJARS also cooperated with other agencies and private groups in sponsoring a national crime prevention campaign. Activities of OJARS's nine principal officers are reviewed. A major portion of the annual report concerns LEAA and its components, including the Offices of Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Community Anti-Crime Programs, and Criminal Justice Education and Training. Special projects initiated during 1980 studied police use of deadly force, prevention and control of urban disorders, and criminal justice problems faced by minorities. The allocations for formula grant programs are presented according to five categories: prevention, enforcement, adjudication, corrections, and system support. Innovative State projects funded by LEAA along with successful replications are described. The review of compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act notes that 41 States have demonstrated substantial compliance. In addition, research studies sponsored by NIJ are detailed, such as projects on violent crime, career criminals, police response time, dispute resolution programs, and victim - witness services. Statistical surveys provided by BJS are listed, as are new initiatives which the agency plans to undertake. BJS currently collects statistics on correctional institutions, minority victims, white-collar crime, and justice system employment and expenditures. The appendixes contain a directory of LEAA audit and program review offices and State planning agencies as well as tables showing JSIA funds between 1969 and 1980, LEAA juvenile justice awards for 1975-1980, and LEAA distribution of formal grant funds.


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