The Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute is a multi-disciplinary research unit serving the entire PSU community, but affiliated with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. We strive to promote informed decision-making on the complex issues related to crime prevention, crime control, and the criminal justice process. The Institute's goal is to provide policymakers and the public with research and empirical guidance that is objective, practical, rigorous, and evidence- and theory-based to advance efficient, effective, and equitable policy and practice in the field of criminal justice.
Faculty from the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department comprise the core research expertise of CJPRI. CJPRI is housed within the School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. CJPRI researchers employ a wide variety of methodological and statistical approaches that deliver advanced analyses of important program and policy questions.