Other Resources and Information

How bad is it really? Stigma against Drug Use and Recovery in the United States

Elevyst and PRO-A collaborated with RIWI to harness Random Domain Intercept Technology (RDIT) to conduct a large-scale survey of Americans’ opinions regarding social stigma against people who use drugs or are in recovery. This report discusses the results of the survey, while providing social and political context to help account for trends in the data.

Rural Response to the Opioid Epidemic (RROE)

The Rural Responses Initiative is designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.

Concerns of Rural Law Enforcement: What We Heard from the Field

The COPS Office partnered with the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the National Police Foundation to conduct listening sessions with rural law enforcement leaders to hear personally about the challenges rural law enforcement departments face, identify and assess their most pressing needs, and advise them about procedural innovations and promising practices that could work in their communities.

Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

The Office of National Drug Control Policy compiled Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse in 48 categories to help organize and address each issue within the guide. Throughout it are many different resources and programs covering broad ranges of potential issues that any rural community may face.

STAR (Small, Tribal, And Rural) Criminal Justice

Criminal legal systems in small, tribal, and rural (STAR) communities are among the Center's chief areas of research and advocacy. The Center studies STAR justice, offers online STAR resources, hosts interactive STAR webinars, and provides STAR stakeholders with a virtual practice community.

The Rural Justice Collaborative

Rural communities face unique challenges that impact their ability to deliver fair and equitable justice. Despite these challenges, rural communities rely on their many strengths to address the needs of their residents. In 2021, the National Center for State Courts, in partnership with Rulo Strategies, launched the Rural Justice Collaborative (RJC) to showcase the strengths of rural communities and highlight the cross-sector collaboration that is a hallmark of rural justice systems.


In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Offce of Rural Development convened a workshop for rural judges and sheriffs.

The Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association

The Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association (SRLEEA) is the only 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated solely to supporting and promoting law enforcement executives and agencies that serve small, rural & tribal communities across America.

Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 2

Rural law enforcement agencies face increasing rates of crime and disorder - and often have dwindling resources with which to combat them. To discuss critical issues in rural policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has convened a listening session series with rural law enforcement stakeholders to discuss rural law enforcement's common concerns, challenges, and needs. The results of the second round of these sessions, which took place in seven states in late 2019 and early 2020, are summarized here.

Diversion & Deflection Fact Sheet

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