OCJP Releases State Fiscal Year 2015 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.
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
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
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:
"Tennessee moves forward on Family Justice Center effort to help combat Domestic Violence, provide more support for Victims”
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.