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Government: US Department of Justice

FBI - FBI has investigative jurisdiction over more than 200 categories of federal crimes. Top priority is assigned to: counterterrorism, drugs/organized crime, foreign counterintelligence, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes.

To uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law; to protect the US from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and faithful to the Constitution. The FBI is the investigative arm of the Department of Justice.

Office of Justice Programs - OJP's mission is to provide federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims.

Bureau of Justice Statistics - Provides leadership and assistance in support of local criminal justice strategies to achieve safe communities. BJA programs emphasize enhanced coordination and cooperation of federal, state, and local efforts. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) The NACJD founded in 1978 as part of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), is Supported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the US Department of Justice. NACJD distributes crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and research projects for secondary statistical analysis.

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Under the Freedom of Information Act - FOIA the Department of Justice is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies. Department of Justice

National Institute of Justice - NIJ is the research and development agency of the US Department of Justice and is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels. NIJ's principal authorities are derived from the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (42 USC 3721-3722). The NIJ Director is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Office for Victims of Crime - (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, within the US Department of Justice,. to oversee programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs. The agency Supports training to educate criminal justice and allied professionals on the rights and needs of crime victims.

OVC sponsors National Crime Victims Rights Week - Honoring Those Who Bring Honor to Victims

OVC includes:

Terrorism and International Victims Unit - Responsible for the development of grant initiatives that promote the development of promising practices, training and technical assistance in Support of improved treatment for crime victims.

Technical Assistance Publications and Information Resources Unit - Responsible for developing, disseminating, and offering Information that Supports victim service providers and allied professionals.

Federal Crime Victims Division - Responsible for advocacy, leadership, and policy development guidance to Federal agencies and Indian tribes to assist in developing direct services for victims of Federal crime.

State Compensation and Assistance Division - Responsible for administering grants that respond to the special needs of all victims of crime through Support of state and local crime victim compensation and assistance programs

Special Projects Division - Responsible for the development of National-scope discretionary grant initiatives that promote the development and replication of promising practices, training and technical assistance, and demonstration projects in Support of improved treatment for crime victims.

Federal Judicial Center - Research and education agency of the federal judicial system, established by Congress in 1967. The statutory duties of the Center and its Board: By statute, the Chief Justice of the United States chairs the Center's Board, which includes the director of the Administrative Office of the US Courts and seven judges elected by the Judicial Conference.

US Federal Judiciary - Based on a 3 tiered hierarchy of courts. On the bottom are 94 US District Courts in 50 states and US dependent territories. These courts hear only those cases allowed under the Constitution and by federal law. These include cases where crimes have been committed that violate federal laws and disputes between citizens of different states. Above the district courts are 13 Circuit Courts of Appeal. These courts hear cases only if a district court ruling has been appealed. The circuit courts only questions of law and legal interpretation. The United States Supreme Court is the highest court. Rulings of the circuit courts may be appealed to the Supreme Court, but only hears cases of constitutional significance. Congress is responsible for the federal courts. Federal judges serve for life, unless removed by congressional impeachment. "United States (Government)," Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2001

Office of Tribal Justice - Established to provide a single point of contact within the Justice Department for meeting the federal responsibilities owed to Indian tribes. The Office provides a permanent channel of communication for Indian tribal governments with the Department of Justice. Because Indian issues cut across so many entities within the Executive Branch, OTJ, in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, serves to unify the federal response.

2003 Guide to Computer and Internet Crimes and Cybercrime: Hacking, Intellectual Property Crimes, Policy, Cases, Guidance, Laws, Documents, Web Crimes, Targets (Core Federal Information Series CD-ROM) by U.S. Government -- This CD-ROM provides the work of the Justice Department on computer crime and intellectual property crimes and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), national critical infrastructure threat assessment, warning, vulnerability, law enforcement investigation and response entity, providing timely warnings of international threats, comprehensive analysis and law enforcement investigation and response.

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