Overview#United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is a United States Cabinet Department of the United States federal government, responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice in the United States, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.
United States Department of Justice was formed in 1870 during the Ulysses S. Grant administration. In its early years, the DOJ vigorously prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members.
United States Department of Justice has responsibility to investigate instances of financial fraud, to represent the United States in legal matters such as in the United States Supreme Court, and to run the federal prison system.
United States Department of Justice also has responsibilities to review actions of local law enforcement conduct by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
United States Department of Justice is headed by the United States Attorney General, who is nominated by the President of the United States of America and confirmed by the United States Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The current Attorney General is Jeff Sessions.