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Welcome to the Justice Center for Research at Penn State! Our primary mission is to promote and share research evidence relevant for criminal justice theory and practice. To accomplish this, we seek to establish strong relationships with scholars and practitioners at the local, state, national and even international levels. We constantly seek to expand our network, so please reach out to us and get involved with our many initiatives!

Our numerous funded projects cut across a variety of criminal justice domains. In particular, we are implementing four new thematic areas to represent the Center’s strengths and interests: (1) Courts and Sentencing, (2) Corrections and Re-Entry, (3) Substance Abuse and Treatment, and (4) Policy and Evaluation. These themes will serve to organize our affiliates and projects, as well as our speaker series and community outreach efforts. Within each area, the Justice Center is making important contributions to the body of evidence regarding “what works” in criminal justice practice and in promoting informed dialogue on criminal justice policy.

In the coming years, we will also focus on connecting practitioners and alumni with young scholars just embarking on their criminal justice careers. Specifically, we will be identifying promising undergraduate and graduate students to assist in center-sponsored projects or receive support for their own research. We will cultivate an environment for student excellence and seek experienced mentors to help these young scholars reach their employment and educational goals.

As always, we are interested in supporting, connecting, and promoting criminal justice researchers across Penn State. Our affiliates are nationally recognized for scholarly excellence and we will continue this tradition into the coming years. Contact us if you’d like to participate in this growing community.

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Derek Kreager

Director, Justice Center for Research

Professor of Criminology, Sociology, and Demography

Pennsylvania State University

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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