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Message from the Director

scales on a stack of booksThe Justice Center for Research is advancing an agenda of high quality basic and applied research with a significant impact on criminal justice practice and policy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally.

Our numerous funded projects cut across a variety of criminal justice domains, including corrections, courts, sentencing, policing, crime trends and victimology. These projects take place in the context of partnership with criminal justice agencies, where we work together to answer questions of practical and scholarly interest. As such, the Justice Center is making important contributions to the body of evidence regarding “what works” in all areas of criminal justice practice and in promoting informed dialogue on criminal justice policy at the local, state and national levels.

I encourage criminal justice agencies and organizations interested in pursuing a research agenda to contact us to explore how we might work together.

-Gary Zajac

The Justice Center for Research is a collaborative effort between the College of the Liberal Arts, University Outreach, the Justice and Safety Institute, and the Department of Sociology Criminology at The Pennsylvania State University, and focuses on helping local, state, federal and international communities with criminal justice research and policy.

Mailing Address:

The Justice Center for Research
Penn State University
304 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16823

Phone: (814) 867-3292
Fax: (814) 863-2059
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