Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Support Innovative Criminal Justice Research Programs
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The Obama Administration is committed to enhancing Federal efforts to study promising drug enforcement initiatives, identifying the elements that enable these initiatives to have a positive and sustained impact, and sharing these best practices with communities throughout the country.

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The Office of Justice Program’s (OJP’s) consolidated initiative to support social science research on crime and justice will build on the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) extensive work in this area. Past examples include the following programs: Managing Criminal Investigations, Children at Risk, and Breaking the Drug-Crime Cycles. The purpose of this initiative is to advance justice by gaining knowledge about what works in criminal justice programs and policies and what makes communities safer from crime. This new research initiative will support a robust research program administered by OJP’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ). NIDA also supports the Criminal Justice-Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Initiative, a multisite research collaborative to develop and test evidence-based approaches for treating drug use and related conditions in the criminal offender population. Now in its second phase, this expanded initiative will test implementation strategies to foster treatment adoption and promote continuing care.

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