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BJA Offers Tools for Public Health Emergencies
OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has undertaken a broad initiative to identify the critical planning and response objectives for local justice systems and to identify lessons learned and promising approaches in preparing the justice system for such emergencies. The goal of BJA's initiative is to ensure that the rule of law is upheld during any public health crisis, whether natural or manmade. This initiative's design parallels the major components of the justice system: law enforcement, courts, corrections, and communities.

Check out BJA's page featuring resources on pandemic preparedness:
Preparing the Justice System for a Pandemic Influenza: Resources: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/pandemic/resources.html
Preparing the Justice System for a Pandemic Influenza and Other Public Health Emergencies: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/pandemic/pandemic_main.html

Additional links:
www.pandemicflu.gov/
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

Annual Report Documents OJJDP?s Activities, Accomplishments in 2008
How OJJDP Is Serving Children, Families, and Communities is OJJDP’s Report to Congress on its activities and accomplishments during the 2008 reporting period. The report details OJJDP’s efforts to promote early intervention and delinquency prevention; support faith-based, community, and mentoring initiatives; strengthen the juvenile justice system; enhance public safety and law enforcement; fight child exploitation; address youth gangs; and improve conditions for tribal youth. The report concludes with an overview of the agency’s information dissemination activities.

OJJDP Releases 2007 Youth Gang Survey Results
Annually since 1995, OJJDP’s National Youth Gang Center has conducted a systematic survey of law enforcement agencies across the United States regarding the presence and characteristics of local gang problems. The OJJDP fact sheet Highlights of the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey reports on the number of gangs, gang members, and gang-related homicides in larger cities, suburban counties, smaller cities, and rural counties in the United States. Survey results indicate that an estimated 788,000 gang members and 27,000 gangs were active in the United States in 2007.

Good Samaritans: Volunteers Helping Victims?Program Handbook and Training Guide
This online guide (NCJ 225703) is designed for prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations interested in using volunteers to expand their outreach to crime victims. A product of the Good Samaritans program in Mobile, Alabama, it provides guidance for replicating the program in other communities, as Mobile has done, and training volunteers to provide emergency services to victims including home repair, compassionate support, and referrals to other services. (www.ovc.gov/GoodSamaritans)

Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement
In the aftermath of crime, many victims in rural areas never receive the vital services necessary to begin recovery. Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement (NCJ 226275) summarizes an OVC sponsored project of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Office of the Alabama Attorney General, which developed 17 models for establishing or enhancing rural victims’ assistance. This replication guide offers a blueprint for establishing local programs, outlining approaches, successes, and lessons learned. (www.ovc.gov/VSRuralLE)