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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 2nd quarter of FY 2018.

February 1, 2018

Grant and Education Support Program (ESP) 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.


  • Disaster Management Planning and Preparation for State Courts

    The October 2017 edition of Trends: Close Up, provides useful information to help courts plan, prepare for, and recover after a disaster. In addition to natural disasters like hurricanes, the article covers other areas of emergency preparedness such as widespread grid damage, pandemics, and terrorist attacks.  The key considerations in all disaster scenarios center on: …

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  • SJI Releases FY 2018 Grant Guideline

    SJI recently released the Grant Guideline for FY 2018.  The Grant Guideline appears as part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Federal Register, and sets forth the administrative, programmatic, and financial requirements for applying for and administering SJI grants. Fiscal Year 2018 Deadlines for Project, Technical Assistance, and Curriculum Adaptation Grants are as follows: 1st …

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  • Center for Sentencing Initiatives Shares New Brief

    A new brief by the National Center for State Courts’ Center for Sentencing Initiatives, funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts, addresses evidence-based sentencing (EBS) as part of a comprehensive sentencing policy for probation-eligible felony offenders. Intended for a judicial audience, the brief: defines evidence-based sentencing; explains what risk and needs assessment (RNA) instruments …

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  • SJI Supports National Opioid Task Force

    The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States. The number of children in foster care because of parental substance abuse has nearly tripled since 2012, and drug overdose deaths …

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