Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) mission 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. The growth in incarceration over the past two decades has significant implications for families and children of the formerly incarcerated.

The Office of Justice Programs works with state, local, and tribal stakeholders to identify pressing challenges and provides grants, information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies for addressing these challenges. Notable fatherhood initiatives include Fatherhood and Reentry Courts, which reduces recidivism rates and prison expenditures while holding formerly incarcerated individual accountable, and the Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring Grants designed to promote successful re-entry through responsible fatherhood and motherhood programs.

Other Helpful Links:

  • Learn more about the National Reentry Resource Center, which advances the reentry field through knowledge transfer and dissemination and to promote evidence-based best practices.
  • Learn more about the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, which supports the administration's efforts in advancing public safety and well-being through enhanced communication, coordination, and collaboration across federal agency initiatives.
  • Access the Mythbuster Series to clarify federal policy on a number of issues, such as access to public housing and federal benefits, federal bonding for employers, parental rights, and many others.