In September of 2009 Penn State JASI and the College of the Liberal Arts launched a joint venture establishing The Justice Center for Research. The vision for the center is that it will make Penn State a major center, known nationally, internationally, and to people in the Commonwealth, for its basic and applied research in criminal justice. The center is positioned as a resource for policy makers and practitioners as well as a generator of research published in the most visible outlets. There is a special link with Penn JASI and its training mission, and with the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology and its program on crime, law, and justice and its related unit, the Sentencing Commission. The Center will draw from human and other resources throughout the university.
The multiple initiatives of the center, while applicable directly and indirectly to civil and criminal justice systems, are diverse when serving law enforcement, child support enforcement, corrections, courts, environmental safety, and public safety programs. Together, they provide an environment that serves multiple research, teaching, and service interests under the unified theme of justice.