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State Justice Institute

The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.


The deadline for new grant applications for the 3rd quarter of FY 2019.

May 1, 2019

Grant Application Deadlines

SJI continues to make all grant reports and most grant products available online through the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Library and Digital Archive.


  • SJI Funds New National Initiative To Address Mental Illness In The State Courts

    The state courts are experiencing increasing complexity in handling individuals who have mental illness, and oftentimes a co-occurring substance use issue.  System-wide, mental illness has placed a strain on many communities and their resources, and jails are being used to detain those who need mental health treatment.  The problem is exacerbated by the lack of …

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  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the National Center for State Courts Headquarters in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 2nd quarter of FY 2019, and other business.  All portions of …

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  • RFK National Resource Center Releases Probation System Review Guidebook

    The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice (RFK National Resource Center), recently announced the release of the Probation System Review Guidebook, 3rd Edition, in support of states and jurisdictions embracing the transformation of probation and juvenile justice policy and practice across the United States. The new release features the framework that the …

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  • NCSC Assists Judges in Convening Teams to Address Mentally Ill Individuals

    Delivering justice to individuals who struggle with mental health or behavioral issues can be extraordinarily difficult.  As leaders of their courts and communities, presiding judges are well positioned to convene and engage others to solve complicated problems. With that in mind, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently published a practical guide to equip presiding judges …

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