Justice Topics

The Diagnostic Center provides customized technical assistance (TA) to communities by collecting and analyzing data to identify the factors contributing to the public safety issue and then mapping those factors to data-driven strategies and solutions that have demonstrated success in reducing crime. The Diagnostic Center provides technical expertise and develops customized strategies to address the criminal justice topic areas listed below.

Topic Area Descriptions


About 6.94 million men and women were imprisoned, on probation or parole at the end of 2012, according to a study by OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Diagnostic Center advises communities in identifying best practices and programs to reduce cases of incarceration and promote public safety.To search for an evidence-based program in Corrections, click here.

Courts and Justice Systems

Prosecutors, judges and court personnel face increasing challenges to not only clear cases and decrease dockets, but also to focus on lowering recidivism. Identifying proven approaches to achieve these goals simultaneously can be difficult, especially in times of limited resources. The Diagnostic Center is committed to providing the expertise, training and technical assistance needed to implement data-driven solutions meeting the unique needs of court personnel and reducing instances of crime and recidivism. To search for an evidence-based program in Courts, click here.For evidence-based programs related to Justice Systems, including use of technology and forensics to fight crime, click here.

Crime Prevention

According to both the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey, crime has declined in the United States in recent years. To continue this trend, community leaders strive to combat crime and its social and economic impact. The Diagnostic Center works with criminal justice policymakers and practitioners to utilize local crime data, diagnose public safety challenges and implement data-driven crime prevention strategies that work.To search for an evidence-based program in Crime Prevention, click here.

Drugs and Substance Abuse

The link between drug use and crime is well-documented. In some communities, as many as 83 percent of arrestees test positive for at least one drug in their system. The Diagnostic Center connects communities with topical experts to assist in implementing proven strategies designed to reduce crime related to drugs and substance abuse. To search for an evidence-based program in Drugs and Substance Abuse, click here.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies face many modern challenges. In addition to their ongoing responsibility to keep communities safe, today’s law enforcement professionals confront mental health considerations, prison reform mandates and evolving criminal justice technologies. The Diagnostic Center is dedicated to working with local law enforcement stakeholders to collect relevant data and make real-time recommendations. After developing customized strategies for law enforcement agencies to address issues of concern, the Diagnostic Center supports implementation of data-driven programs and assesses system-wide change to produce meaningful results. To search for an evidence-based program in Law Enforcement, click here.

Tribal Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) created the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) to respond to Tribal leaders' requests to improve the grant-making process and to strengthen tribal capacity for strategic community-based justice system planning. The Diagnostic Center supports the work of DOJ by assisting leaders in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities in making strategic investments and implementing evidence-based programs to promote public safety. To search for an evidence-based program in Tribal Justice, click here. For more information about legal and policy matters pertaining to Native Americans, visit the DOJ Office of Tribal Justice.

Victim Advocacy

In 2010 U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated 18.7 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey. Of these victimizations, approximately 20 percent (3.8 million) were crimes of violence; approximately 79 percent (14.8 million) were property crimes; and less than 1 percent were personal thefts. The Diagnostic Center works with community decision-makers to research and develop an individualized response strategy for reducing crime and increasing the quality of victims' services. To search for an evidence-based program related to Victim Advocacy, click here.

To learn more about resources to prevent instances of human trafficking, read the Diagnostic Center's Executive Reference Guide for Practitioners - Human Trafficking.

Youth Advocacy

Youth advocacy issues, which include preventing juvenile delinquency, providing services for at-risk youth and protecting the well-being of youth in custody, are serious concerns to state and local governments. The Diagnostic Center provides support to implement juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention programs tailored to a community's needs. Diagnostic Center customizes strategies based on proven programs and practices to deter juvenile delinquency. To search for an evidence-based program in Youth Advocacy, click here.

To learn more about resources pertaining to youth advocacy, be sure to read the Diagnostic Center's Executive Reference Guide for Practitioners.