List of Criminal Justice Agencies in U.S. Department of Justice

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The United States Department of Justice effectively came into existence when Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789. At that time, the nation was new. In fact, the United States Constitution had only been ratified on September 17, 1787.

Nearly two years later, on September 24, 1789 the Judiciary Act would require the appointment of a U.S. Attorney General. However, it was not until 1870 that Congress created the official bureaucracy. the Department of Justice.

Since then, the U.S. DOJ has expanded from essentially three offices to fifty-nine. The 59 offices of the United States Department of Justice are listed below, along with a brief description, and link to the official website for the department.

The Mission Statement of the U.S. DOJ is

“To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

List of 59 Offices/Criminal Justice Agencies within the United States Department of Justice

  1. Antitrust Division – Enforces antitrust laws, ensuring fair economic competition in the nation.
  2. Asset Forfeiture Program – Asset forfeiture ensures that assets of known criminals are frozen and/or seized so that the funds or property may not be used for further criminal activity.
  3. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF)E? – The ATF, as the office is now known regulates the industries so-named. It also works alongside local, state, and other federal agencies in efforts to fight terrorism or any other violent act against the public. (Oh, it was known as the BATF before “Explosives” was added to the name. It is not, as some say, the BATFE.)
  4. Bureau of Justice Assistance – The BJA is a support office which provides assistance and leadership for justice organizations throughout the United States, be they Federal, state, or local.
  5. Bureau of Justice Statistics – The BJS is one of the most important offices to use for the student of criminal justice. The office collects, analyzes, and makes public enormous amounts of data related to crime, criminals, sentencing, and more. Be sure to bookmark the BJS.
  6. Civil Division – The division which represents the United States in court, whether the matter is civil or criminal.
  7. Civil Rights Division
  8. Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  9. Community Relations Service
  10. Criminal Division (DOJ)
  11. Diversion Control Program (DEA)
  12. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  13. Elder Justice Initiative
  14. Environment and Natural Resources Division
  15. Executive Office for Immigration Review
  16. Executive Office for Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces
  17. Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys
  18. Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
  19. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  20. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  21. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
  22. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
  23. INTERPOL Washington
  24. Justice Management Division
  25. National Criminal Justice Reference Service (OJP)
  26. National Institute of Corrections (FBOP)
  27. National Institute of Justice (OJP)
  28. National Security Division (NSD)
  29. Office for Access to Justice
  30. Office for Victims of Crime
  31. Office of Attorney Recruitment & Management
  32. Office of Information Policy
  33. Office of Justice Programs
  34. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP/OJP)
  35. Office of Legal Counsel
  36. Office of Legal Policy
  37. Office of Legislative Affairs
  38. Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
  39. Office of Professional Responsibility
  40. Office of Public Affairs
  41. Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
  42. Office of Special Counsel
  43. Office of the Associate Attorney General
  44. Office of the Attorney General
  45. Office of the Deputy Attorney General
  46. Office of the Inspector General
  47. Office of the Pardon Attorney
  48. Office of the Solicitor General
  49. Office of Tribal Justice
  50. Office of Violence Against Women
  51. Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
  52. Project Safe Childhood
  53. Service Members and Veterans Initiative
  54. Tax Division
  55. Tribal Justice and Safety
  56. S. Attorneys
  57. S. Marshals Service
  58. S. Parole Commission
  59. S. Trustee Program