The Jails and Justice Support Center: A vital resource for the nation’s jails

The Jails and Justice Support Center (JJSC) assists jails in creating and sustaining safe, humane, and effective environments for their populations including incarcerated individuals, staff, and visitors.

Resource Highlights

The Stepping Up Initiative

The Stepping Up initiative supports local jurisdictions in establishing and reaching measurable goals that demonstrate reduced prevalence of serious mental illness across the justice system.

Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

Responding to the urgent need to assist, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections, developed Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

Jail Inmates in 2022 – Statistical Tables

This report is the 36th in a series that began in 1982. It describes the number of persons held in local jails, jail incarceration rates, inmate demographics, conviction status and most serious offense, number of admissions to jail, jail capacity, inmate turnover rates, and staff employed in local jails.

"The Jails and Justice Support Center, developed in close collaboration with stakeholders who operate jails, plays a pivotal role in the Bureau of Justice Assistance's commitment to delivering direct and impactful assistance to the criminal justice field. Sheriffs, jail administrators, county leaders, and other stakeholders nationwide will reap the benefits of information, resources, and technical assistance designed to address the specific needs and challenges faced by jails today."
Karhlton Moore
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Director
"The collaboration between the National Institute of Corrections and its federal partners in launching the Jails and Justice Support Center is a significant step towards better serving the nation's sheriffs and jail administrators. It highlights NIC's long-standing dedication to supporting them and their vital role in the criminal justice system. Through this collaborative effort, they can access the resources and assistance needed to manage their jails effectively and promote community safety."
Holly Busby
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Director (A)