OCJP Releases State Fiscal Year 2014 Strategic Plans:
The Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) manages a systematic, year-round cycle for determining the communities’ needs, identifying the justice system’s problems, setting program priorities, making grant allocation decisions, managing those funded projects, and evaluating the results of those decisions. Strategic program management is a structured process that looks three to five years ahead of daily grants management activities at the changing needs of Tennessee’s justice system. OCJP tracks problems surfacing in the criminal justice system, monitors trends in Tennessee’s communities, assesses the condition of the state’s resources, and measures the recent performance of OCJP-funded programs. All this information helps OCJP focus its future program descriptions, set its funding priorities, prepare its budget requests, and direct its limited resources into areas that promise the best return for the public’s investment.
The Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) under the State Department of Finance and Administration functions as a strategic planning agency that secures, distributes, and manages federal and state funds for Tennessee. OCJP utilizes strategic program management, a structured process that looks three to five years ahead of daily grants management activities at the changing needs of Tennessee’s justice system and the needs of its victims of violent crime. OCJP tracks problems surfacing in the criminal justice system, monitors trends in Tennessee’s communities, assesses the condition of the state’s resources, and measures the recent performance of OCJP-funded programs. To address crime and victimization in Tennessee, OCJP manages a systematic, year-round cycle for determining the communities’ needs, identifying the justice system’s problems, setting program priorities, making grant allocation decisions, managing those funded projects, and evaluating the results of those decisions. In fiscal year 2012, OCJP was responsible for 25 different state and federal fund sources; approximately 350 grants of more than $30,000,000.00 in total funding to various State Departments, local governments and non-profit agencies for criminal justice and victim service grants. For more information, click on the link to the full report above.
Tennessee’s Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP)
The Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs has partnered with six cities in Tennessee to implement the innovative Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project (TCCRP). Each of the cities undertook an extensive data-driven planning process prior to receiving funding for the project. Partnerships were developed with other community and governmental agencies to identify the systemic problems located in high crime areas, to identify the needs and available resources in those areas, to identify possible solutions and to implement those strategies. The strategies selected were required to be evidence-based or evidence informed. A three pronged approach was undertaken to employ strategies of prevention, enforcement and offender intervention to reduce crime in these specific targeted hot spots. Use of crime analysis to determine the highest crime areas was utilized to targeted the interventions where needed. For descriptions of each of these innovative projects click here
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is the month when advocates, victims and survivors, law enforcement, shelter staff, domestic violence coalitions, medical professionals, the legal community and the business community gather in their respective communities to celebrate the progress that has been made over the past 25 years in working to end domestic violence, intimate partner violence and dating violence. These are also occasions for communities to recommit to the work that yet has to be done to end the violence. We know from the Center for Disease Control that an average of 24 people in the United States per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, affecting more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
Center on Disease Control DV Statistics
We also know from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, that the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion, nationally, each year, with $4.1 billion spent on direct medical and mental health services
Learn about ways that you and your community can celebrate, educate and plan for the future during Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Health and Human Services/FVPSA DV Awareness Month or National Network To End Domestic Violence/DV Awareness Month
Remember to visit the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Website for up to date information about Domestic Violence Trainings and other statewide information about Domestic Violence. http://tncoalition.org/
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND NEED TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVOCATE, PLEASE CALL THE TENNESSEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 24 HOUR HOTLINE AT 1-800-356-6767.
A Media Release from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security:
National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) Justice Bulletin
Directing Innovation: Tennessee’s Targeted Community Crime Reduction Project
The state of Tennessee has struggled in recent years to bring down violent crime rates that despite nationwide decreases have remained well above the national average. As part of an effort to combat this Tennessee’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) began……………………….
New national survey uncovers staggering silence and inaction around domestic violence and sexual assault; Overwhelming majority of Americans have never discussed these hidden issues with children or friends and 65% of victims who come forward say no one helped.