In September 2009, the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) and the College of the Liberal Arts launched a joint venture establishing the Justice Center for Research. The Center focuses on helping local, state, federal and international communities with criminal justice research and policy. 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 between Penn State JASI and its training mission and the College of Liberal Arts and its programs on crime, law and justice, and its related unit—the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. In addition, the Center draws from human resources and other assets throughout the University.
The multiple initiatives of the Center—while applicable directly and indirectly to civil and criminal justice systems—are diverse, serving law enforcement, child support enforcement, corrections, and the courts. Together, these initiatives profile an environment that serves multiple research, teaching, and service interests under the unified theme of justice.