Justice Center for Research awarded grants totaling more than $100,000

The Penn State Justice Center for Research, a cooperative venture of the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State Outreach’s Justice and Safety Institute, has received more than $100,000 in grant funding to study criminal justice topics and their public policy implications under the Center for Rural Pennsylvania’s 2011 Research Grant Projects.

The first study, "An Examination of Pennsylvania State Police Coverage of Municipalities," analyzes the provision of Pennsylvania State Police services to municipalities during the past five years, including attendant costs and the allocation of revenue generated from fines to the state and municipalities.

Exploiting existing county jail data, the second project, "An Examination of Pennsylvania’s Rural County Prison Systems," examines the current and future operating capacities and needs of Pennsylvania’s 44 rural county jails. Specifically, the research focuses on population trends versus capacity, physical plants, inmate services, staffing patterns, and finances for the past 10 years, plus anticipated capital projects and workforce changes.

These initiatives enhance the rich partnerships between the Justice Center for Research and criminal justice professionals to identify issues where academic research and theory may inform the debate and aid local, state, national and international policymakers.

Gary Zajac, managing director for the center, is the principal investigator of both research projects. He can be reached at 814-867-3651 or gxz3@psu.edu. The co-investigator for the projects is Research Associate Lindsay Kowalski, who can be reached at 814-863-0786 or lko103@psu.edu.

Penn State’s Justice Center for Research is dually located at 327 Pond Building on the University Park campus and The 329 Building at Innovation Park. For more information about the Center, visit http://www.justicecenter.psu.edu/.

Last Updated March 28, 2011