United States Department of Justice

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    Saddling Posterity with Debt

“We believe–or we act as if we believed–that although an individual father cannot alienate the labor of his son, the aggregate body of fathers may alienate the labor of all their sons, of their posterity, in the aggregate, and oblige them to pay for all the enterprises, just or unjust, profitable or ruinous, into which our vices, our passions or our personal interests may lead us. But I trust that this proposition needs only to be looked at by an American to be seen in its true point of view, and that we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority.” 

~Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813


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United States Department of  Justice


United States Department of  Justice


Department of Justice – $26.5billion + $4 billion from the Recovery Act

The Department of Justice budget addresses funding for National Security and crime fighting agencies like the FBI and COPS. It also ensures that prison and detention programs receive adequate funding. 

Department of Justice 

Major Expenditures Budgeted for the Department of Justice

Law Enforcement  

  • Funding for the FBI – $8billion
  • Hire an additional 50,000 police officers – exact amount not provided
  • Strengthens funding to combat racial, ethnic, sexual preference, gender and religious discrimination through the Civil Right Division – $145 million

Prisoner and Justice Programs 

  • Bureau of Prisons – $6billion
  • Office of the Detention Trustee, which ensures criminals and detainees are housed in safe, humane and secure facilities – $1.4billion
  • Prisoner re-entry programs – $109 million
  • Expansion of Office of Justice Programs authorized by Second Chance Act to provide job training, counseling and drug treatment – $75million


Department of Justice

The mission of the Department of Justice (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. 

The DOJ is comprised of 40 component organizations, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Attorney General is the head of the DOJ and chief law enforcement officer of the federal government. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters, advises the President and the heads of the executive departments of the government, and occasionally appears in person before the Supreme Court. 

With a budget of approximately $25 billion, the DOJ is the world’s largest law office and the central agency for the enforcement of federal laws. 


“…The United States Department of Justice (often referred to as the Justice Department or DOJ), is the United States federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. 

The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The current Attorney General is Eric Holder


The Attorney General was initially a one-person, part-time job, established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, but this grew with the bureaucracy. At one time the Attorney General gave legal advice to the U.S. Congress as well as the President, but this had stopped by 1819 on account of the workload involved.[citation needed

In 1867, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, led by Congressman William Lawrence, conducted an inquiry into the creation of a “law department” headed by the Attorney General and composed of the various department solicitors and United States attorneys. On February 19, 1868, Lawrence introduced a bill in Congress to create the Department of Justice. This first bill was unsuccessful, however, as Lawrence could not devote enough time to ensure its passage owing to his occupation with the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.[citation needed

A second bill was introduced to Congress by Rhode Island Representative Thomas Jenckes on February 25, 1870, and both the Senate and House passed the bill.[citation needed] President Ulysses S. Grant then signed the bill into law on June 22, 1870. The Department of Justice officially began operations on July 1, 1870.[citation needed

The bill, called the “Act to Establish the Department of Justice”, did little to change the Attorney General’s responsibilities, and his salary and tenure remained the same. The law did create a new office, that of Solicitor General, to supervise and conduct government litigation in the Supreme Court of the United States.[citation needed

With the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887, the Federal government in the U.S. began to take on some law enforcement responsibilities, with the Department of Justice tasked to carry out these duties.[1] 

In 1872, control of federal prisons was transferred to the new department, from the Department of Interior. New facilities were built, including the penitentiary at Leavenworth in 1895, and a facility for women located in West Virginia, at Alderson was established in 1924.[2] 

By 2008 several current and former assistant U.S. attorneys were known to have engaged in a wide variety of criminal conduct including association with prostitution rings,[3] sexual battery,[4] sexual abuse of children,[5] and failures to make mandatory conflict of interest disclosures.[6] A separate Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) within the DOJ is responsible for investigating attorney employees of the DOJ who have been accused of misconduct or criminal activity with respect to their professional functions as DOJ attorneys. Former U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft acknowledged challenges facing the Department of Justice: 

In the real world of limited resources, we know that we can only detect, investigate and prosecute a small percentage of those officials who are corrupt.[7] 

I remain convinced that there is no more important area in the fight against corruption than the challenge for us within the law enforcement and justice sectors to keep our own houses clean.[8] 





“… Organization

Leadership offices

  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Office of the Deputy Attorney General
  • Office of the Associate Attorney General
  • Office of the Solicitor General


  • Antitrust Division
  • Civil Division
  • Civil Rights Division
  • Criminal Division
  • Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)
  • Justice Management Division (JMD)
  • National Security Division (NSD)
  • Tax Division

Law enforcement agencies

Several federal law enforcement agencies are administered by the Department of Justice: 

  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
    • National Institute of Corrections
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Office of the Inspector General (OIG)


  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
  • Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA)
  • Executive Office of the United States Trustee (EOUST)
  • Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT)
  • Office of Immigration Litigation
  • Office of Information and Privacy
  • Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)
  • Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
    • Bureau of Justice Assistance
    • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    • Community Capacity Development Office
    • National Institute of Justice
    • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    • Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office (SMART)
    • Office for Victims of Crime
  • Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education
  • Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)
  • Office of Legal Policy (OLP)
  • Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Office of the Ombudsperson
  • Office of the Pardon Attorney
  • Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Office on Sexual Violence and Crimes against Children
  • Office of Tribal Justice
  • Office on Violence Against Women
  • Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO)
  • United States Attorneys Offices
  • United States Trustees Offices
  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • Community Relations Service

Other offices and programs

  • Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States
  • INTERPOL, U.S. National Central Bureau
  • National Drug Intelligence Center
  • United States Parole Commission
  • Obscenity Prosecution Task Force

In March 2003, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service was abolished and its functions transferred to the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals which review decisions made by government officials under Immigration and Nationality law remain under jurisdiction of the Department of Justice. Similarly the Office of Domestic Preparedness left the Justice Department for the Department of Homeland Security, but only for executive purposes. The Office of Domestic Preparedness is still centralized within the Department of Justice, since its personnel are still officially employed within the Department of Justice. 

Also in 2003, the Department of Justice created the website LifeAndLiberty.gov which supported the PATRIOT ACT.[10] LifeAndLiberty.gov currently promotes reenacting the PROTECT AMERICA ACT before it expires. This web site has received criticism from government watchdog groups.[11] 




Background Articles and Videos

Eric Holder Drops Charges on Black Panthers for Voter Intimidation – Bill O’Reilly Reports


Senator Graham Questions Attorney General Eric Holder


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